Following racial abuses directed at Manchester United player, Ashley Young, on Twitter, the club management has come forward to condemn the actions of fans. The foul discrimination of Young prompted the club to say
“Manchester United utterly condemns racist social media comments posted around yesterday’s Champions League fixture
“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.”
Young was partially at fault for Barcelona’s first goal as his clearance was blocked, leading to Lionel Messi scoring as the hosts went on to win 4-0 on aggregate.
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 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?”
Twitter was swift to respond, confirming that the posts concerned had violated its abusive behaviour policy and that the account holders would be required to remove them before they could tweet again.