Manchester United have said they will take the strongest possible action against any supporter found to have sent one of their player, Ashley Young, racist abuse on social media following the Champions League defeat to Barcelona.
Recently Ashley Young was subjected to massive abusive messages on Twitter during and after the 3-0 defeat at Camp Nou on Tuesday night. A reliable source has told online casino Malaysia that the messages have been reported to Greater Manchester Police and to Twitter meanwhile the club will do everything they could to exterminate any fans discovered to be involved in the scheme.
In their official statement released a day after the match, Man United confirm they utterly condemn racist social media comments posted around that Champions League fixtures. other than that, Manchester United points out that they are looking up to identify individuals involved and they will take the strongest possible action they can against them. Last, they reassure there is no place for racism within their game, or in their society as a whole, and they are committed to working to make football free from all forms of discrimination.
It Is Not Clear Whether The abusers Are United Fans
Ashley Young is the latest high profile footballer to be subjected to racist abuse online. Just before this incident, Raheem Sterling and Troy Deeney also experienced the same issue. It is not clear whether the individuals involved in abusing Ashley Young are Manchester United fans. However, a number of the club's supporters have spoken out to condemn the behavior of the abuser.
Moreover, the incident happened just three days after Manchester United launched their All Red, All Equal campaign to encourage equality, diversity, and inclusion. Pretty ironic, isn't?
Kick It Out, an anti-discrimination organization recently issued a statement to urged Twitter to take action.
"Yet another black player, this time Ashley Young, is targeted with racist abuse on social media after tonight's Champions League game.
"Again, we're left asking Twitter the same question -- when will you take serious action to tackle the rampant discrimination on your platform?"
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Twitter said that they do not comment on individual cases for privacy reasons. He explained, their abusive behavior policy prohibits behavior which attempts to harass, intimidate or silence another person's voice and they will take strong enforcement action if violations are found. Twitter also claimed that they are suspending three times more abusive accounts within 24 hours after receiving the reports.
Unfotunately racialism still cannot be annihilated from football. Besides social media abuse, there are many other players that receive the same treatment on the field. Racialism becomes a lethal issue on football and we must take action to keep the football environment healthy.