Manchester United star Paul Pogba has been subjected to racial abuse following a penalty miss against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night
The Red Devils were held to a 1-1 draw at Molineux, with the French midfielder seeing his spot-kick denied by Rui Patricio in the 68th minute
Enraged by Pogba’s penalty miss, some of the fans have targeted the 27-year-old on Twitter, making him the third footballer in England to suffer such violence in the past seven days.
Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Reading’s Yakou Meite have also been victims of racial discrimination for missing penalties for their respective clubs.
Manchester United have backed their playmaker, condemning the ‘disgusting’ abuse of Pogba.
“Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse aimed at Paul Pogba last night, and we utterly condemn it. 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.”
In addition to the club, Pogba’s new teammate, Harry Maguire, was quick to react on Twitter to give his support to the Frenchman.
Marcus Rashford has also gone public to urge the fans to stop behaving in such a manner, even though the two have argued about who should take the spot-kick last night.
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