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Ashley Young latest player to be racially abused after Man United loss

Manchester United captain Ashley Young subjected to vile racist abuse on social media after failing to deal with Lionel Messi in 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

Manchester United captain Ashley Young was the subject of racist abuse online after Tuesday’s Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona – with Kick It Out calling on Twitter to finally take action on ‘rampant discrimination’ online.

Football’s equality charity questioned when Twitter will sort out the problems on their platform after Young became the latest in a series of players to be abused.  

Tweets referring to Young as an ‘ape’ and using the ‘n’-word were flagged up by Kick It Out after the 33-year-old endured a disappointing night 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

One Twitter user called on Young to ‘retire young you f***ing n*****’ and others referred to the player as a ‘monkey’ and an ‘ape’.

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, 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

Young was abused following United’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona at the Nou Camp

Kick It Out has called for action on 'rampant discrimination' of black players on social media

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, 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. 


February –  West Ham condemn their own fans after one was heard calling Salah a ‘f*****g Muslim c***’

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.

March – Montenegro charged by UEFA after England players, including Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi, were subjected to racist abuse.

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’ 

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