Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been racially abused following his side’s defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League final.
The Red Devils drew 1-1 with the La Liga side across 120 minutes, before being beaten 11-10 on penalties after David de Gea missed his spot kick.
Taking to Twitter after the defeat, Rashford revealed that he had received “at least 70 racial slurs” being sent to his various social media accounts.
He wrote: “At least 70 racial slurs on my social accounts counted so far. For those working to make me feel any worse than I already do, good luck trying”.
Back in January, Rashford also highlighted racist abuse sent to him after United’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal, writing: “Humanity and social media at its worst.
“Yes I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am. No one, or no one comment, is going to make me feel any different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here.
“I’m not sharing screenshots. It would be irresponsible to do so and as you can imagine there’s nothing original in them. I have beautiful children of all colours following me and they don’t need to read it. Beautiful colours that should only be celebrated.”
Speaking to Sky Sports News in February, Rashford urged social media companies to take stronger action to prevent racist abuse, calling on them to “just deactivate the accounts.”
He said: “Online abuse – it should be easy to stop, just deactivate the accounts. “We know that it’s very easy to make four or five accounts but if you have to block them all, then block them all.
“That’s on the social media companies themselves. If they see anyone being abusive in any way, their account should be deleted immediately, that’s how you’d deal with it.
“I feel like it doesn’t affect me as much as other people because I’m not actively on social media so half the stuff that goes on there, what people are saying about me and other people, I’m not really on top of and I don’t see it.
“But it’s a place people should enjoy. Ten or 15 years ago it wasn’t there and we’re lucky to have it, to be able to connect with people all over the world and from different cultures and religions.
“For it to be used in a negative light is stupid and hopefully they can sort out that issue and it can be a place of good.”
Rashford also spoke about offering support to his team-mate Axel Tuanzebe, who was racially abused on social media after United’s draw against Everton in February.
“I spoke to Axel when it happened to him and the way that you deal with it and the way that you move on, that’s how you have to show strength and that you’re mentally capable to deal with those things even though you shouldn’t have to,” Rashford added.
“Axel is a tough lad. It’s not nice to hear those things but he’s bounced back. He’s always happy and smiling and works hard.”