Racism in football has reared its ugly head once again, this time following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Wolves last night.
Paul Pogba missed a penalty during the game which ultimately proved costly. The Frenchman was subject to racist abuse on social media in the aftermath of the game, with a number of fans taking aim at the midfielder.
Manchester United have since released a statement condemning the acts of the individuals in question, adding that they have a zero-tolerance policy towards racism.
Manchester United, Harry Maguire stand up for Paul Pogba; condemn Twitter trolls
United defender Harry Maguire too took to Twitter to slam the acts of the trolls while standing up for his teammate.
Disgusting. Social media need to do something about it… Every account that is opened should be verified by a passport/driving licence. Stop these pathetic trolls making numerous accounts to abuse people. @Twitter @instagram https://t.co/bzow073aTw
— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) August 20, 2019
“Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse aimed at Paul Pogba last night. We utterly condemn it. The individuals who expressed these views do not represent the values of our great club. It is encouraging to see the vast majority of our fans condemn this on social media also.
“Manchester United has zero-tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination. We have a long-standing commitment to campaigning against it through our #AllRedAllEqual initiative.
“We will work to identify the few involved in these incidents. We will take the strongest course of action available to us. We also encourage social media companies to take action in these cases.”
Pogba’s is not an isolated incident though, with racism becoming a major concern in global football.
Incidents of racial abuse on the rise
Just last week, Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham was the victim of similar abuse after missing a penalty during the Blues’ Super Cup clash against Liverpool.
Reading’s Yakou Meite was also racially abused following his side’s 3-0 victory against Cardiff.
Recently, anti-discrimination group Kick It Out revealed that they will be having a meeting with officials at Twitter as they attempt to weed out this form of abuse on social media.
Cases of racial abuse are on the rise. Last season, the likes of Raheem Sterling and Moise Kean among others were targetted and it, unfortunately, looks like that is set to continue this season as well.