There’s no place for racism in our beautiful game.
The fact that we’re still debating the presence of racial discrimination in sport in 2019 is frankly sickening. Yet here we are, faced with another episode of social media-based filth, left wondering how some of the most powerful platforms in the world have not yet properly policed their users, and equally how said users have not yet subscribed themselves to modern civilised society.
Paul Pogba is perhaps one of the most heavily scrutinised players in world football. If he makes an error at the weekend, evidence suggests he’ll then be barraged by endless amounts of scrutiny from fans and/or pundits alike (particularly from Graeme Souness).
However, while internet trolls may have previously directed relatively harmful football related criticism the Frenchman’s way, they’ve recently adopted a far more unacceptable, degenerate and disgusting approach. And, on this occasion, it all stemmed as a result of Pogba’s second-half penalty miss against Wolves on Monday night.
Manchester United have jumped to their midfielder’s defence, saying in a statement, via The Guardian: “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.”
A number of Pogba’s teammates also jumped to his defence…
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
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) August 20, 2019
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) August 20, 2019