140 Views

Harry Maguire Calls for Action After Pogba Faces Racist Abuse

Manchester United’s Harry Maguire has called on social media companies to “stop these pathetic trolls” after his team-mate Paul Pogba was racially abused online after missing a penalty.

Pogba had a second-half penalty saved in the 1-1 draw with Wolves on Monday.

The 26-year-old is the third player in a week to be racially abused on social media following a penalty miss.

Another United player, Marcus Rashford, also expressed support for the France midfielder, saying “enough now”.

“Manchester United is a family. Paul Pogba is a huge part of that family. You attack him you attack us all,” England forward Rashford said on Twitter.

United said they are “working to identify” those responsible for the racist abuse directed at record-signing Pogba.

“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.”

England centre-back Maguire also said he was “disgusted” by the abuse aimed at Pogba and suggested that social media users should have to verify their identity before opening an account.

England women’s manager Phil Neville, the former United player and coach, suggested footballers should “boycott” social media in order to send a “powerful message” that such abuse is not acceptable.

“It’s not going away,” he said. “We need to take drastic measures in the football community.”

Sports minister Nigel Adams added:

“The football season is only a few weeks old and yet we’ve already witnessed sickening examples of racist abuse against players.

“We have been clear that social media companies must do more and the government will hold them to account.”

In July, football’s anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out published a report that stated incidents of racist abuse increased by 43% last season, with 274 cases compared to 192 the previous season.

Following the abuse aimed at Pogba, the body said: “The number of posts such as these since the start of the season further highlights how discriminatory abuse online is out of control.”

It called the messages “unwarranted and vile racist abuse” and added “without immediate and the strongest possible action these cowardly acts will continue to grow”.

Kick It Out’s head of development Troy Townsend said those being “allowed to spout targeted racial hatred” were “festering in numbers due to lack of accountability and action”.

He added: “They are not all bots.”

Last week, Chelsea condemned “abhorrent posts” aimed at Tammy Abraham after his decisive penalty miss in the Super Cup against Liverpool.

Blues boss Frank Lampard said he was “disgusted” by the abuse aimed at the 21-year-old England forward, and like Maguire, called on social media companies to do more to stop players being targeted.

Then on Sunday, Reading striker Yakou Meite called out racist abuse sent to him on social media after he had a spot-kick saved.

Ivory Coast forward Meite, 23, came on as a substitute against Cardiff and missed a 91st-minute penalty.

Others fans quickly condemned the tweets containing racist abuse that were sent to Pogba – who won the penalty he then missed – shortly after full-time at Molineux on Monday.

Some tweets were later deleted while several accounts appeared to have been taken down.

Twitter’s terms and conditions say it “takes action against behaviour that targets individuals with hateful conduct”.

About Nweke Samuel C 428 Articles
NSC is a Blogger, Writer and a Highly Sought-after PR Consultant/Brand Strategist. His areas of interest includes Politics, Entertainment, Business and Tech. You can reach him on: nsc@ogene247.com

6 Comments

  1. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back often!

  2. of course like your website but you have to test the spelling on quite a few of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I to find it very troublesome to inform the truth on the other hand I’ll definitely come again again.

  3. In the awesome design of things you actually secure a B- just for effort. Where exactly you actually confused me ended up being on the details. You know, it is said, the devil is in the details… And that couldn’t be more true here. Having said that, permit me tell you just what did do the job. The writing is pretty powerful which is possibly why I am making an effort in order to opine. I do not make it a regular habit of doing that. Next, while I can notice the leaps in reason you make, I am definitely not convinced of how you appear to connect your details which in turn help to make your final result. For now I will, no doubt yield to your issue but wish in the near future you actually link the facts much better.

  4. Great V I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your website. I had no trouble navigating through all tabs and related information ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Reasonably unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, website theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Nice task..

  5. I’ve been browsing on-line more than 3 hours today, but I by no means found any interesting article like yours. It is beautiful worth enough for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made good content material as you probably did, the web shall be a lot more helpful than ever before.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.