Paul Pogba Targeted With Horrific Racist Abuse By Manchester United Fans After Penalty Miss Against Wolves
Paul Pogba was subjected to horrific racist abuse and death threats after his penalty miss against Wolves on Monday.
The 26-year-old Manchester United superstar had an exchange with Marcus Rashford, who converted from the spot-kick against Chelsea, over who should take the crucial penalty in the match.
And Rashford, 21, was eventually forced to one side after Pogba took the ball and stepped up for the penalty.
The French midfielder had his effort from the spot-kick denied by a superb save from Rui Patricio and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
But certain United fans decided to vent their frustrations towards Pogba by going on social media and hurling racial abuse at him.
SPORTbible spotted several posts on Twitter targeting the former Juventus star and some fans were even referring to him as a "n****r."
One fan wrote: "Pogba you f*****g n****r.
Someone else posted: "Pogba is a n****r."
A third said: "Pogba... you f*****g fat m****y looking n****r."
Some of the tweets targeting the France international have now been deleted, while other Twitter accounts have apparently been taken down.
According to Twitter's terms and conditions, it "takes action against behaviour that targets individuals with hateful conduct".
Manchester United released a statement on Tuesday morning that read: "Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse aimed at Paul Pogba last night and we utterly condemn it.
"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."
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham was also targeted with shocking racial abuse when he missed from the spot-kick in the Blues' Super Cup defeat to Liverpool in Istanbul last week.
Reading midfielder Yakou Meite has been subjected with racist abuse after a fan called him a "f*****g m****y" for missing a penalty in his side's 3-0 victory over Cardiff City on Sunday.
Manchester City star Raheem Sterling, who has openly voiced his frustrations towards racism in the sport, called for an "automatic nine-point deduction for racist abuse" back in April.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted after the match that Pogba and Rashford are the "two designated penalty takers" for the club this season.
The Norwegian continued: "The two of them are confident and good penalty takers. When there are two names there, it's the one who is the most confident [who takes it].
"Paul has scored many before, so there's absolutely no problem.
"Sometimes in a game you grow in confidence, sometimes [you think] 'I don't want to take it today because I had a bad game.'
"I've absolutely no problem with players walking up and saying, 'This is mine.'"
However, United legend Gary Neville revealed that he was "fuming" when Pogba took the penalty opportunity away from Rashford.
Anthony Martial opened the scoring for the Red Devils in the first half, but Ruben Neves pulled one back for Wolves in the second half after scoring a 25-yard screamer.
United were unable to pull ahead and walked away with a point from their clash at the Molineux.
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