Against Arsenal on Saturday night, Manchester United failed to take the victory for the second game in a row. But on Sunday morning, there is no criticism of Ole Gunnar Solskjær and the United players that characterize the columns in English newspapers. Once again, one of United’s profiles was exposed to racism.
Following the loss to Sheffield United in midweek, Manchester United faced racist incitement against Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial.
On Saturday night, Marcus Rashford himself took a stand on social media after receiving racist messages after the draw against Arsenal.
– People and social media at their worst. Yes, I’m a black man and I’m proud every day that I am. No, or no comment, will make me feel any different. So I’m sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you simply do not get it here, Rashford writes on Twitter and follows up in a later message:
– I do not want to share screenshots. It would be irresponsible to do so and as you can imagine there is nothing original about them. I have beautiful children of all colors who follow me and they do not have to read it. Beautiful colors that should only be celebrated, the star tip continues.
I’m not sharing screenshots. It would be irresponsible to do so and as you can imagine there’s nothing original in them. I have beautiful children of all colours following me and they don’t need to read it. Beautiful colours that should only be celebrated.
– Marcus Rashford MBE (arMarcusRashford) January 30, 2021
After Tuanzebe and Martial were exposed to racism on social media earlier this week, Manchester United reacted strongly to the attacks.
– Everyone at Manchester United is appalled by the racist incitement that players have received on social media after yesterday’s match.
It wrote Manchester United in an official statement.
– We completely condemn this. It is encouraging to see that other fans also condemn this on social media.
In addition to the three Manchester United players, West Brom’s Romaine Sawyers and Chelsea’s Reece James have also been subjected to incitement.
James took the magazine from his mouth on Friday night, and posted a screenshot of a message he received on his Instagram profile, on Twitter.
In the message came a person with rude, racist descriptions of him.
– Something has to be done! wrote the 21-year-old during the screenshot.
Chelsea backed its player in a statement, urging social media platforms and regulators to take stronger, more effective action to overcome “such heinous behavior”.
– Something must be done – and it must be done now, the club wrote.
– Stand together
On Saturday, the English Football Association (FA) went out against racist attacks on players in a Twitter post.
– We stand with the whole of football in our disgust for racist incitement. This is not acceptable in any part of society, writes FA in the post.
– We will continue to work with the rest of the game, the authorities and social media platforms to remove this – and all elements of – discrimination in our sport, the association promises.