Twitter Responds To Racial Abuse Of Paul Pogba On The Platform

Twitter Responds To Racial Abuse Of Paul Pogba On The Platform

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The social media platform, Twitter, has responded to racial abuse aimed at Manchester United star, Paul Pogba.

The World Cup winner was subjected to racial abuse online after missing a penalty during United's 1-1 draw with Wolves on Monday night.

Pogba had won the penalty after a fine burst into the Wolves box before he was brought down by Coady, he opted to take the spot-kick ahead of Marcus Rashford who dispatched one against Chelsea the previous week.

And following the backlash the Frenchman received, his teammates and Manchester United have condemned the act while urging Twitter to take action against the offenders.

Manchester United's statement read: “Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse aimed at Paul Pogba last night and we utterly condemn it. The individuals who expressed these views do not represent the values of our great club and it is encouraging to see the vast majority of our fans condemn this on social media also.

“Manchester United has zero-tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination and a long-standing commitment to campaigning against it through our #AllRedAllEqual initiative. We will work to identify the few involved in these incidents and take the strongest course of action available to us. We also encourage social media companies to take action in these cases.”

And now the microblogging platform has responded by claiming it is a "societal issue" which they are working tirelessly to curb.

"We’re fully aware of and share the concerns surrounding online racist abuse towards certain footballers in the UK over recent days," a statement read.

“We strongly condemn this unacceptable behaviour, and have now permanently suspended a series of accounts for violating our hateful conduct policy.

“We’re proactively monitoring the conversation online and will continue taking robust action on any account which violates our rules.

“This is a societal issue and requires a societal response.

“This is why we maintain a dialogue with both the PFA and Kick It Out and are committed to working together to address abusive online and racist behaviour across the industry.

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