Manchester United condemn Paul Pogba racial abuse as Harry Maguire appeals for tighter social media regulations 

Manchester United have condemned racial abuse which was aimed at midfielder Paul Pogba on social media after his missed penalty in the 1-1 draw at Wolves on Monday night, with teammate Harry Maguire joining those pushing for tighter regulations on social channels.

Pogba saw his 68th-minute spot-kick saved by Rui Patricio as United dropped points in the Premier League.

In a statement, United said: “Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse aimed at Paul Pogba last night and we utterly condemn it.”

United defender Harry Maguire wrote on Twitter: “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”. 

Pogba became the third footballer in England to suffer such abuse in the space of a week following a missed spot-kick, with racist abuse also directed at Reading’s Yakou Meite and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham in recent days. Like Maguire, manager Frank Lampard also called for a tougher stance from social media organisations.

Other fans were quick to condemn some of the posts seen on Monday night, many of which were subsequently deleted.