Crystal Palace’s Van Aanholt victimized on social media

Thu 04 March 2021 | 13:23

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

Patrick van Aanholt

shared a screenshot of a racist message he received on


after failing to score a goal for

Crystal Palace

in their 0-0 draw with

Manchester 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 every

Premier League

game after the restarting the campaign post-Covid-19 pandemic.

This was followed by

Christian 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 like

Antonio Rudiger


Reece James


Anthony Martial


Axel Tuanzebe

, and


having already received such hateful messages from anonymous social media users.

In one case with

West Brom


Romaine Sawyers

, the abuser was found to be a 49-year-old male while regarding former


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

“tougher action”

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 including

Wilfried 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"


source: SportMob

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