Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has called for a clampdown on racists on social media.
This comes after the Red Devils released a statement expressing their disgust at racial abuse aimed at their midfielder Paul Pogba after missing a penalty against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux Stadium on Monday.
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“Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse aimed at Paul Pogba last night and we utterly condemn it,” United said in a club statement.
“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,” read the statement.
BREAKING: Manchester United say they are 'disgusted' by the racial abuse aimed at Paul Pogba on social media after last night's draw at Wolves.
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For that reason, a disgusted Maguire has requested social media to do something about that. He has stated that social media should verify every account that is opened by a passport or a driving license.
Disgusting. Social media need to do something about it… Every account that is opened should be verified by a passport/driving licence. Stop these pathetic trolls making numerous accounts to abuse people. @Twitter @instagram https://t.co/bzow073aTw
— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) August 20, 2019
Pogba is the latest player in English football to suffer racial abuse on social media after a match. Last week, Chelsea’s young striker Tammy Abraham suffered the same after missing a penalty against Liverpool in the Super Cup final in Istanbul.
Reading midfielder Yakou Meite was also subjected to racial abuse after a 3-0 win over Cardiff in the Championship.
Cases of racial abuse have been rampant in football lately and action needs to be taken before this stain completely destroys the sport.