Manchester United captain Ashley Young was yesterday the target of racial abuse online following the Red Devils’ defeat to Barcelona.
United travelled to the Camp Nou to take on a strong Barcelona side led by Lionel Messi. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were no match for the Catalans, succumbing to a 3-0 defeat. In the process, they also crashed out of the Champions League.
Young victim of racial abuse on Twitter
Young was responsible for at least a couple of goals. He failed to clear his lines effectively and that could be a major reason for the racial abuse he received online. What makes the incident all the more alarming is the fact that it came from United’s own set of fans.
Football’s equality and inclusion organisation Kick it Out brought the incident to light, saying, “Yet another black player, this time Ashley Young, targeted with racist abuse on social media after tonight’s Champions League game.”
“Again, we’re left asking @TwitterUK the same question – when will you take serious action to tackle the rampant discrimination on your platform?”
Sterling, Rose, Salah all in the same boat
This follows hot on the heels of several high-profile racism incidents. Manchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling has constantly been on the receiving end of racial insults over the course of the season.
Earlier this week, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was also the victim of racial abuse at the hands of Chelsea supporters.
The Europa League too had its fair share of incidents. The UEFA and Arsenal are currently investigating an incident where Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused by a section of the home fans.
Incidents such as these are only increasing. It’s about time the UEFA step in and protect the players from such acts.