Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has taken to social media to react to the racial insults he has been subjected to in the past week. The French World Cup winner disclosed that online abuse only motivates him to fight racism harder.
My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football. Racist insults are ignorance and can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation. pic.twitter.com/J9IqyWQj4K
— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 25, 2019
Pogba, who was subjected to racist abuse after missing a penalty against Wolves on Aug. 19, wrote: “My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football. Racist insults are ignorance and can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation.”
In the same vein, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer condemned such abuse after Marcus Rashford became the second player in the team to have been subjected to racism in a week, following a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.
Rashford had a chance to draw United level in the second half from the spot after Scot McTominay was brought down in the box. However, the 21-year-old also missed his penalty with his shot cannoning off the upright.
“It’s the same as we spoke about before the weekend; it needs to stop,” Solskjaer said at a news conference. “I’m just lost for words. They keep hiding behind fake IDs and it’s crazy we talk about this in 2019.”
United have reportedly launched investigations into the two incidents and have promised to take “the strongest course of action” against anyone found to be involved. Pogba and Rashford’s United teammate Juan Mata also spoke out against the abuse, telling ESPN FC in an exclusive interview.
“It’s not something we should be speaking about, because it should have been eradicated a long time ago. It’s a problem. Unfortunately, some people do that and it needs to stop. It’s cowardly to do it that way because no one can see you. It’s not nice.”
Manchester United travel to Saint Mary’s to take on Southampton in their next Premier League fixture. Pogba and Rashford would be hoping to get the Red Devils back to winning ways with solid performances.