Manchester United famed midfielder Paul Pogba is the latest player to come in the cross hairs of online racists trolls after missing a penalty against the match with Wolverhampton Wanderers leading to a draw.
During the match against the Wolves, in the 68th minuteafter discussion with Marcus Rushford, Pogba decided to take the Penalty. However, Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio dived to save the goal, keeping the score at a draw.
Soon after the match, he became a target of racist online trolls and some hateful posts that used derogatory terms to target Pogba were found on the social media. The 26-year-old French national is the third player in a week to be racially abused on social media.
Last week Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham had to undergo through the same ordeal for missing the crucial penalty in Super Cup final against Liverpool. This was followed by racist attack on Reading striker Yakou Meite after he missed a penalty shot. However, Meite remained undeterred and called out the disgraceful tweet.
Following the racial abuse, team-mates came together to back Paul Pogba. Marcus Rashford in response to the tweets said, “enough now”. He further made a post that said, “Manchester United is a family. @Paul Pogba is a huge part of that family. You attack him you attack us all.”
Soon, Manchester United made a statement that they are “working to identify” those who directed racial slurs targeting record-signing Pogba.
The statement read, “The individuals who expressed these views do not represent the values of our great club and 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 and a long-standing commitment to campaigning against it through our #AllRedAllEqual initiative. We will work to identify the few involved in these incidents and take the strongest course of action available to us. We also encourage social media companies to take action in these cases.”
Earlier, football’s anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out released a report that showed the incidents of players experiencing racial slurs on social media have seen a growth of 43 percent from the last season.
Following the racial abuse directed at Paul Pogba, the organisation further said, “The number of posts such as these since the start of the season further highlights how discriminatory abuse online is out of control.”
Directing racial slurs is not something to be proud of and even though football is a passionate sport, every fan should try to keep calm and understand that players sweat it all out and always try to give their best.