Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire have condemned the racial abuse aimed at Paul Pogba on social media after Manchester United’s draw with Wolves on 19th August 2019.
Pogba is being targeted after failing to score a penalty in the 1-1 draw at Molineux .
Rashford, who had a debate with Pogba beforehand over who would take the spot-kick, called on Twitter to take action against the people who make racial comments.
“Disgusting. Social media need to do something about it… Every account that is opened should be verified by a passport/driving licence. Stop these pathetic trolls making numerous accounts to abuse people,” Maguire tweeted.
Manchester United said they will take the “strongest course of action” against any person found guilty of racial abuse and discrimination.
“Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse aimed at Paul Pogba last night and we utterly condemn it,” United added in a club statement.
“The individuals who expressed these views do not represent the values of our great club and it is encouraging to see the vast majority of our fans condemn this on social media also…. “Manchester United has zero tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination and a long-standing commitment to campaigning against it through our #AllRedAllEqual initiative.
“We will work to identify the few involved in these incidents and take the strongest course of action available to us. We also encourage social media companies to take action in these cases.”
Pogba is the latest player in English football to suffer racial abuse on social media this season.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham vowed to “silence the haters” after missing a penalty against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup final.
Reading midfielder Yakou Meite was a victim to racial abuse after a 3-0 win over Cardiff in the Championship.
Reports of abuse in professional and grassroots football increased by 32 per cent to 422, compared to 319 during the 2017/18 campaign.