Three France players Aurelien Tchouameni, Kingsley Coman and Randal Kolo Muani received racial abuse on social media after their World Cup final defeat to Argentina.
According to The Athletic, the trio who all featured in the final, were subjected to vile messages on their accounts.
Tchouameni and Coman missed penalties in the shootout, while Kolo Muani missed a chance to win the game in the last minute of extra-time.
They received messages that included banana and monkey emojis.
Meta, which owns Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp, condemned the abusive posts and said the messages had been removed.
A spokesperson for Meta told The Athletic: “We don’t want racist abuse on Instagram, and we’ve removed the disgusting comments for breaking our rules.
“We also want to help protect people from having to see this abuse in the first place, which is why we’ve developed Hidden Words, a feature that filters offensive comments and DMs, and Limits, which hides comments and DMs…
Source: Complete Sports