LONDON — Manchester United star Ashley Young has been the subject of vile racial abuse from football fans following the club’s Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona on Tuesday night.
The 33-year-old was shockingly called a “f****** n*****” and a “monkey” on social media, leading to Kick It Out to call for action.
The Red Devils lost 3-0 to Barca at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night as they crashed out of the quarter-finals, with United’s captain taking the blame for the defeat.
One disgusting tweet from a United read: “Ashley Young get out of my f****** club you n*****.”
While another said: “White Man United supporters have the right to call Ashley Young a n***** I don’t give a flying f***.”
A statement from Kick It Out on Twitter said: “Yet another black player, this time Ashley Young, targeted with racist abuse on social media after tonight’s Champions League game.
“Again, we’re left asking Twitter the same question – when will you take serious action to tackle the rampant discrimination on your platform.”
Young is just the latest player to be racially abused recently, with Arsenal investigating reports that Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was targeted at the Emirates last week.
While Troy Deeney had to turn comments off his Instagram page after being abused by supporters following Watford’s FA Cup semi-final win against Wolves.
Chelsea fans were caught on camera earlier in the season foul-mouthing Raheem Sterling, while Blues supporters also recently sang vile songs about Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah.
Police also arrested a supporter that racially abused Wigan maestro Nathan Byrne online following the 2-2 draw against Bristol City earlier this month.
While a Brentford season-ticket holder was arrested following claims that Derby ace Duane Holmes was subject to monkey chants at Griffin Park.
And Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha was branded as a “diving monkey” by a Newcastle fan on Twitter after the Eagles beat the Magpies 1-0 at St James’ Park.
Source : The Herald