United issue statement following vile racist abuse of Axel Tuanzebe

Manchester United have issued a statement condemning the vile abuse received by players on social media following last night’s defeat to Sheffield United.

Axel Tuanzebe was one of the players targeted with racist comments, leading to the young defender deleting his Twitter account and removing a post from Instagram.

It’s a stark reminder that racism is still very much an issue within the game and wider society in general.

United’s official statement reads:

“Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse received by players via social media after last night’s game.

“We utterly condemn it and it is encouraging to see other 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 All Red All Equal initiative.

 “Identifying these anonymous mindless idiots remains problematic. We urge social media platforms and regulatory authorities to strengthen measures to prevent this kind of behaviour.“

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