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.