United captain Ashley Young is latest player to be subjected to vile racist abuse from his OWN ‘fans’ on social media after defeat in Barcelona, as Kick It Out calls on Twitter to finally take ‘serious action’
- Ashley Young was racially abused online on Tuesday night after Man United lost
- The United captain was branded a ‘f****** n*****’ by one user online
- It is the latest in a long line of racist incidents that have rocked football recently
- Kick It Out has called for action on ‘rampant discrimination’ of black players
- The anti-racism organisation also wants Twitter to take ‘serious action’
Manchester United captain Ashley Young was the subject of horrific racist abuse online after Tuesday’s Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona.
Tweets referring to Young as an ‘ape’ and using the ‘n’-word were flagged up by football equality charity Kick It Out after the 33-year-old endured a disappointing night in United’s 3-0 defeat in Barcelona.
Kick It Out has now demanded Twitter do more to tackle racism after a string of recent high-profile incidents on the social media site, including abuse aimed at England international Raheem Sterling and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah amongst others.
Ashley Young became the latest footballer to be racially abused online on Tuesday night
One Twitter user called on Young to ‘retire young you f***ing n*****’, others called him an ‘ape’
In a statement, Kick It Out said: ‘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 Twitter the same question – when will you take serious action to tackle the rampant discrimination on your platform?’
Sportsmail have contacted Twitter, Manchester United and Greater Manchester Police for comment.
Young (centre) was abused following United’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona
Kick It Out has called for action on ‘rampant discrimination’ of black players on social media
Numerous high profile players have been victim of racist abuse recently.
A clip was widely circulated online last week showing a group of six men in a bar singing that Salah, who is a devout Muslim, was ‘a bomber’ before Chelsea’s Europa League tie against Slavia Prague. Liverpool condemned the ‘unadulterated bigotry’ aimed at their player.
Sterling was subjected to racist abuse while playing for England away to Montenegro in a Euro 2020 qualifier, while team mate Danny Rose said he ‘can’t wait’ to retire from playing due to discrimination.
RACIST INCIDENTS THAT HAVE SHAMED FOOTBALL
December – Raheem Sterling tells police he heard racially motivated comments at Stamford Bridge
Days later Chelsea urge fans to ‘summon brainpower’ after they sang an alleged anti-Semitic chant.
Fans were later seen holding a Chelsea Headhunters flag that included the SS death’s head insignia
Elsewhere, a Tottenham fan who threw a banana skin at Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was banned for four years and fined.
February – West Ham condemn their own fans after one was heard calling Salah a ‘f*****g Muslim c***’
March – Montenegro charged by UEFA after England players, including Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi, were subjected to racist abuse.
Raheem Sterling was abused by fans in Montenegro while playing for England in March
April – Chelsea supporter accuses fellow fans of racist abuse during away match against Slavia Prague
Ligue 1 game halted after Amiens defender Prince Gouano suffers alleged racial abuse
Chelsea condemn fans filmed singing vile chant about Mohamed Salah which describes Muslim star as ‘a bomber’
Fans were captured signing that devout Muslim Salah was a ‘bomber’ before a game
Snapchat video emerges of fan racially abusing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly
After Liverpool winger Salah, a Muslim, scored against Southampton, one Twitter user said, in reference to the Islamic belief you should not eat pork, he would ‘force feed the c*** bacon’
Troy Deeney disables comments on his Instagram account after receiving racist abuse
Wigan ‘angered’ Nathan Byrne was sent message saying ‘you filthy black b****** I hope you and your family die you slave c***’ as Wilfried Zaha reveals he was called a ‘monkey’ on Twitter
Juventus starlet Moise Kean suffers racist abuse as he scores in win over Cagliari
Juventus’ Moise Kean was abused throughout his team’s game against Cagliari
Arsenal are currently investigating after another online video showing racist abuse, from a supporter directed at Napoli defender Koulibaly.
Young, who endured a torrid night on the pitch in Barcelona, is yet to react to the abuse aimed it him but his last social media post leading up to the game was a retweet from United imploring football fans to unite in the fight against discrimination.
Ashley Young shared an anti-discrimination tweet in the build up to Tuesday’s game
United campaigned against discrimination recently and wore anti-racism t-shirts before their game against West Ham on Saturday