Manchester United have said that they will take “the strongest possible action”
against any supporter found to have sent Ashley Young racial abuse on social media following the Champions League defeat to Barcelona.
Young was exposed to a stream of abusive tweets on Twitter during and after the 3-0 defeat at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
A statement from the club have said;
Ashley Young is now the next high profile footballer that has suffered abusive messages online. The others have been Raheem Sterling and Troi Deeney.
Anti-discrimination campaigners Kick It Out 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?”
“We are working to identify individuals involved and we will take the strongest possible action we can against them.
“There is no place for racism within our game, or in society as a whole, and we are committed to working to make football free from all forms of discrimination.”
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