Kick It Out calls for action after Ashley Young is targeted with racial abuse
The United full-back is the latest player to be targeted.
The 33-year-old full-back was targeted on Twitter in the wake of Tuesday night’s 3-0 second-leg defeat at the Nou Camp which saw United exit the competition at the quarter-final stage after a 4-0 aggregate defeat.
Anti-discrimination campaigners Kick It Out have called upon the social media platform to act following a series of incidents.
The organisation said via its own official Twitter account: “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 @TwitterUK the same question – when will you take serious action to tackle the rampant discrimination on your platform?”
The Young incident came just days after MK Dons striker Chuks Aneke was targeted on Instagram following Saturday’s 2-1 League Two defeat at Tranmere, prompting the Merseyside club to call in police.
Concern is mounting over racism in football after a spate of attacks on players on both social media and in and around stadiums.
England’s black players were subjected to repeated chants during their Euro 2020 qualifier in Montengro last month, while Tottenham defender Danny Rose revealed recently he has “had enough” and “can’t wait” to quit the game.