Reece James is one of the few academy graduates who received their first big break at Chelsea under Frank Lampard last season. With the club looking to serve a transfer ban for the next two windows, Chelsea turned to their academy set-up to provide reinforcement free of cost – their academy at Cobham being one of the very best in the country helped massively as the West London club were able to guarantee a fourth place finish.
Since his senior debut for the club in 2019, James established himself as a starter under Lampard and became the youngest Chelsea player to score in the Champions League – and has reclaimed his spot as starting right wing-back after some brief competition from Callum Hudson-Odoi in the first few weeks of new manager Thomas Tuchel’s reign.
James, however, has made the news for his social media activity of late, after he sent a strong message against racism back in January.
As it turns out, the English fullback has now taken the step to deactivate his account on Instagram after possibly getting abused again following the win against Everton.
James’ work for the community outside of football after the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has made him nothing short of a role model on and off the pitch.
Racism is one of the worst vices there is in society, and one needs to do away with it as it truly has no place anywhere in the world – and definitely not as a part of the beautiful game.
Check out the reactions from football fans below –
Reece James deleted his Instagram account today, after receiving abusive/hateful messages.— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) March 10, 2021
He’s one of the most socially responsible youngsters in football, and spends more time than most helping others. He deserves praise, rather than hate.
We’re with you, @reecejames_24. pic.twitter.com/3lyjMKjzC2
Reece James deleted his Instagram account today due to hate comments/abuse. It’s wrong to post hate towards anyone, but he is one of the nicest, most generous guys in football. Absolutely horrendous. #wafc— Ella (@ella_jade_) March 10, 2021
completely horrendous how much hate @reecejames_24 received on instagram for him to delete his account— n_afc76 (@n1k_h1lp) March 10, 2021
Reece James deleting his Instagram due to racist comments.— Tom97 (@Tom97HD) March 10, 2021
Something needs to change.
Reece James deleting his instagram is so heartbreaking. I can't believe there are still people who think it's acceptable to be racist but it's sadly a massive issue that needs to be tackled— L (@masonmounty) March 10, 2021