Marcus Rashford has revealed he was subjected to vile racist abuse after Manchester United’s 0-0 draw away at Arsenal on Saturday night – describing it as “humanity and social media at its worst”.
Rashford, 22, is the latest Premier League star to receive racist messages online, with United team-mates Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial suffering similar treatment after their 2-1 defeat at home to Sheffield United on Wednesday.
Chelsea defender Reece James was also targeted by sick trolls on Friday, exposing the abhorrent messages he was sent on his Instagram story, while West Brom were forced to call the police when Romaine Sawyers was abused on the same day.
Now Rashford, who was recently awarded an MBE for his inspirational work in fighting child food poverty, has received racist abuse following United’s stalemate with Arsenal.
The England international took to Twitter to condemn the culprits, while deciding against sharing screenshots of the messages because “it would be irresponsible to do so”.
“Humanity and social media at its worst,” he wrote.
“Yes I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am. No one, or no one comment, is going to make me feel any different.
“So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here
“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.”
Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright believes the authorities and social-media companies need to do more to clamp down on racist abuse, saying on Match of the Day: “It seems to be a fact if a black player plays poorly – or they think they did – they come with all the emojis and whatever.
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“There are ways of being able to catch people. They're not vigilant enough, nowhere near.
“It should be something they're doing hand in hand [authorities and social media sites]. But how much do they care deep down?”
Former Tottenham and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas added: “The platforms, I need them to show me these people and say they're doing everything they can to bring some justice. For those asking why we are still taking the knee, there you go.”
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