Manchester United defender Harry Maguire condemned the ‘disgusting’ racial abuse aimed towards Paul Pogba after the midfielder’s missed penalty in a 1-1 draw with Wolves.
The 26-year-old was the subject of a series of racist abuse from supporters after his spot kick was saved by Rui Patricio in United’s draw at Molineux on Monday night.
Pogba is the second high profile player in the last week to be racially abused online after Tammy Abraham was subjected to similar abuse following Chelsea’s defeat to Liverpool in the Super Cup.
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
And Maguire has called on social media companies such as Twitter and Instagram to do more to combat racism.
Pogba’s team-mate, Marcus Rashford, was also quick to slam the online users who abused the midfielder.
Rashford insists the club are a family and that to ‘attack’ Pogba is to attack the rest of the players.
United released a short statement this morning in which they condemned the abuse and promised to work with companies in identifying the perpetrators.
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) August 20, 2019
‘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,’ read a United statement.
‘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.’