Manchester United star Paul Pogba breaks silence on racist abuse with class Instagram post

Paul Pogba has broken his silence after being racially abused (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United star Paul Pogba has spoken out after being racially abused on social media and says it ‘only makes me stronger’.

Pogba was targeted by sick trolls on Twitter after missing a penalty in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Premier League rivals Wolves on Monday evening.

His Red Devils team-mate, Marcus Rashford, was also the subject of racist abuse after failing to convert a penalty in Saturday’s defeat to Crystal Palace.

Pogba, breaking his silence on the issue, wrote on Instagram: ‘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.’

England international Rashford led the condemnation of the racial abuse Pogba was subjected to earlier in the week, before he himself was targeted online.

He tweeted: ‘Enough now, this needs to stop Twitter. Manchester United is a family. Paul Pogba is a huge part of that family. You attack him you attack us all.’

Premier League club Manchester United issued a statement following the Wolves draw and ‘utterly condemned’ any form of racial abuse.

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has also been targeted (Picture: Getty)

‘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,’ the statement read.

During the Crystal Palace match at Old Trafford, Manchester United fans unveiled a banner reading ‘United against racism’.

In response to the abuse of French World Cup winner Pogba, Twitter said: ‘We strongly condemn this unacceptable behaviour, and have now permanently suspended a series of accounts for violating our Hateful Conduct Policy.

‘This is a societal issue and requires a societal response. This is why we maintain a dialogue with both the PFA and Kick It Out and are committed to working together to address abusive online and racist behaviour across the industry.’


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