Ashley Young becomes latest footballer to be subjected to racist abuse following Manchester United defeat by Barcelona as Kick It Out calls on Twitter to take ‘serious action’
- Ashley Young was racially abused online on Tuesday night after Man United lost
- He was abused following United’s Champions League defeat by Barcelona
- Kick It Out has called for action on ‘rampant discrimination’ of black players
Football’s equality charity Kick It Out has called for action on ‘rampant discrimination’ on social media after Ashley Young became the latest footballer to be racially abused online.
Young played the full 90 minutes at the Nou Camp as United suffered a 3-0 defeat, exiting the competition 4-0 on aggregate.
Ashley Young became the latest footballer to be racially abused online on Tuesday night
Kick It Out has called for action on ‘rampant discrimination’ of black players on social media
It is the latest in a spate of incidents where black footballers at English clubs have been racially abused, and Kick It Out accused Twitter of not doing enough to combat the problem on their platform.
In a statement released online, 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?’
Young was abused following United’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona at the Nou Camp
Numerous high profile players have been victim of racist abuse recently, including Mohamed Salah, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.
A racist chant from Chelsea fans targeted at Salah was posted online before their Europa League game away to Slavia Prague last Thursday.
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.
Arsenal are currently investigating after another online video showing racist abuse, from a supporter directed at Napoli defender Koulibaly.
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