The Palace star became the latest victim of racial abuse on social media after missing the chance to score in their goalless draw with the Red Devils
shared a screenshot of a racist message he received on
after failing to score a goal forCrystal Palace
in their 0-0 draw withManchester United
The Dutchman, who hasn’t been the only player from BAME backgrounds to receive racist comments in the recent while, shared the message with the caption
"Why we kneel"
referring to them taking down a knee before everyPremier League
game after the restarting the campaign post-Covid-19 pandemic.
This was followed byChristian Benteke
’s support, writing:
"Sick of this. More needs to be done. We’re with you bro."
Racist abuse is not an uncommon thing for Premier League players with footballers likeAntonio Rudiger
having already received such hateful messages from anonymous social media users.
In one case withWest Brom
, the abuser was found to be a 49-year-old male while regarding formerArsenal
player, Ian Wright, the person, who sent the message, was reported to be a teenager called Patrick O'Brien.
Following these events
released a statement promising to take
against such messages.
And as for the kneeling down culture, which was started by NFL player, Colin Kaepernick, to show his opposition to police brutality, some includingWilfried Zaha
were reluctant to the idea insisting that this action will be of no use if it didn’t bring any changes.
On the other hand, Les Ferdinand claims that the effect of the gesture
"has been diluted"