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West Brom will combat abuse

Saido Berahino and Youssouf Mulumbu have welcomed the backing they receive from West Brom over abuse on social media.

Sky Sports News reporter Amy Lewis recently conducted an investigation that revealed over 40 cases of social media abuse directed at professional footballers in England and Scotland in the last year.

PFA deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes has urged players to exercise caution when they interact with fans.

West Brom have already taking precautions against the problem, introducing a clear process on how to deal with any incidents.

Berahino told Sky Sports News: "The first thing they tell you is always report it back to them and don't get involved in it, because the people that do it, that's all they want, they want a reaction.

"They almost want to get your attention and we just get told to not give them the time of day really.

"My reaction is to go and tell the club and make sure it gets sorted in the right way, rather than me going out of my way which is not really professional."

The club has coped with sensitive issues in recent weeks as Nicolas Anelka was charged by the FA after his controversial 'quenelle' gesture sparked outrage.

Mulumbu himself believes he was supported well by the Baggies when he was forced to deny reports that he wanted a move away from the Hawthorns.

When asked about social media abuse, the midfielder said: "Before this season, we had a league meeting about that and if there is any trouble, you just report it to the club and they are going to deal with it.

"I think West Brom are doing really well, with all the trouble they had with Anelka, with me, talking about the transfer request, all these things.

"I think they did really well with it and that's a good club because every time you have a problem, they try to sort it out as a family and in the club."