This week the news dominating most sports pages has been about the ugly racial abuse incidences involving top premier league players, with the latest victim being Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba.
Pogba was racially abused on social media particularly Twitter, after he missed a penalty against Wolves in a premier league match on Monday night which made several key figures to come out and condemn the act including fellow players.
This forced Twitter to act and take swift action as they released a statement confirming they will meet Manchester United and Kick It Out following online racist abuse directed at the French man originally from Guinea.
The Frenchman became the third player in a week to be racially abused on social media. Last week, Chelsea condemned “abhorrent posts” aimed at Tammy Abraham after his decisive penalty miss in the Super Cup against Liverpool. Then on Sunday, Reading striker Yakou Meite called out racist abuse sent to him on social media after he had a spot-kick saved.
Several of Pogba’s team-mates like defender Harry Maguire and striker Rashford criticized the abuse, while England women’s manager Phil Neville called for footballers to “boycott” social media.
Twitter said it will meet with any stakeholders to show the “proactive work” being done to tackle abuse.
It said in a statement: “We have always maintained an open and healthy dialogue with our partners in this space, but we know we need to do more to protect our users. Racist behaviour has no place on our platform and we strongly condemn it.
“Over the next few weeks, Twitter representatives will meet with Manchester United, Kick It Out and any other civil society stakeholders interested in hearing about the proactive work Twitter is doing to address online racist abuse towards certain footballers in the UK”. Twitter said in a statement.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now says social media companies have to stop the spread of hate following the racial abuses Paul Pogba received online
“Paul is a strong character – it makes him stronger,” said the Norwegian.
“We have to do something about it and authorities have to do something.”