PHILIP Billing insisted the fight to stop racist abuse was a “world problem” and said: “The only thing in football we can do is work more on it.”

Three cases of racist abuse towards players on social media came to light over the past fortnight involving Reading’s Yakou Meite, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Manchester United star Paul Pogba.

Billing himself in March suffered discrimination with regards to his skin colour via an online platform while with former club Huddersfield.

The midfielder took to Twitter to reveal the abuse he received via a private message on Instagram, which referred to him as a “black donkey”.

But Billing, who is of Nigerian descent, insisted the problem stemmed from further afar than just sport.

He told the Daily Echo: “Everything is for everyone. It doesn’t matter what skin colour you are or whatever.

“At the end of the day, we are human beings. People watch us (footballers) on Saturdays and they judge us from that – which is totally fair.

“But at that point I don’t ever think racial abuse should get into it.

“I think that’s still a huge problem – maybe not only in football but just in the world. It’s a world problem which we have to do something about.

“Obviously it’s hard, there will always be people that have something to say about other people’s skin colour, which is never nice.”

He added: “They send it because maybe they don’t like what you have done on a Saturday in a football game but, at the end of the day, it’s football.

“I see a lot of places where it’s still in football but I think in so many things there is still a problem with it.

“It’s hard to say we need to do something about it because there are so many people in this world. It’s nearly impossible.

“The only thing in football we can do is work more on it and do more about it.”

Danish under-21 international Billing tweeted the abuse he received with a thumbs down emoji.

Huddersfield also released a statement insisting they had a “zero-tolerance stance towards any form of discrimination”. Police arrested a 16-year-old male.

“I put it up for other people to see what kind of messages us footballers get sometimes,” said Billing.

The midfielder is expected to line up for Eddie Howe’s men when they host defending Premier League champions Manchester City at Vitality Stadium on Sunday (2pm).