Manchester United seek talks with Twitter following Paul Pogba racist abuse

By Mirror: Wednesday, August 21st 2019 at 12:29 GMT +3 | Football
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Manchester United chiefs are looking to hold talks with Twitter executives following the racist abuse aimed at Paul Pogba on the social media platform.

The French midfielder was subjected to discriminatory comments after missing a penalty during his teams 1-1 draw with Wolves on Monday.

United released a statement in response to the abuse, condemning those involved and promising to take action against the offenders.

Now the Mail report that the club want to have discussions with Twitter to try and combat the issue further.

United's statement read: "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.

"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."

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It is the latest in a recent spout of incidences of its kind, after Chelsea's Tammy Abraham and Reading's Yakou Miete were also targeted.

Twitter are already working on the problem, as they prepare to work with charity Kick It Out in order to develop a strategy to help stamp out racism.

Pogba's United teammates Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford both leapt to the defence of the 27-year-old.

Maguire tweeted: "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."

Rashford said: "Manchester United is a family. Paul Pogba is a huge part of that family. You attack him, you attack us all."

United legend Phil Neville - now England women's manager - also threw his support behind Pogba, and slammed Twitter and its fellow social media firms.

Neville blasted: "I've lost faith in whoever runs these social media departments.

"I wonder whether now as a football community, in terms of really sending a powerful message: six months — let's come off social media.

"Let's see the effect it has on these social media companies, whether they're really going to do something about it."

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