Published On: Tue, Aug 20th, 2019

Man Utd condemn racial abuse aimed at Paul Pogba after penalty miss at Wolves | Football | Sport


Pogba had a spot-kick that would have put United into the lead at Molineux saved by Rui Patricio.

He is the third player in a week to have racist abuse directed at him following messages to Reading striker Yakou Meite and Chelsea star Tammy Abraham.

And Manchester United have promised to take action against the culprits should they identify them.

A 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.”

Harry Maguire followed up United’s statement, posting on Twitter: “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.”

And Marcus Rashford added: “Enough now, this needs to stop. Manchester United is a family. Paul Pogba is a huge part of that family. You attack him you attack us all…”

Pogba had won the penalty as he was fouled by Conor Coady and took the spot-kick.

That’s despite Rashford netting from 12 yards in the win over Chelsea the previous week.

But United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted there is no set taker and praised Pogba’s abilities from the spot.

“The two of them are the designated penalty shooters,” Solskjaer said.

“It’s up to them there and then to decide that ‘this is mine’.

“Sometimes players feel they are confident enough – Paul has scored so many penalties for us, today Patricio made a good save.

“[Would I change it?] Not at all. The two have been very confident before – the other week Marcus scored a goal but Paul was confident.

“I like players to be confident. It doesn’t have to be [one designated taker], no.



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