Southampton condemn online racial abuse of Kyle Walker-Peters following Manchester United draw
Southampton has condemned the racist abuse aimed at Kyle Walker-Peters following their goalless draw against Manchester United.
was held to a goalless draw against Southampton at Old Trafford on Sunday.
After the game,Southampton
received several racist replies after posting on his Instagram page.
Southampton condemned the abuse and criticise social media platforms for allowing "hatred to breed and fester". The club also confirmed the messages had been forwarded to Hampshire Police.
"In February 2021 the club made a statement about one of our young players receiving abhorrent racial abuse following a match against Manchester United,"
the statement read.
"More than two years on, we find ourselves in the exact same position: disgusted and disappointed in the behaviour of those online who lower themselves to abusing players for the colour of their skin.
"What is equally frustrating is the lack of meaningful action in those two years from the social media platforms who allow such hatred to breed and fester.
"As we have said before, Southampton Football Club fights every day to remove such people from our sport and our community in order to protect our players, our staff, Southampton fans and those football supporters around the world who recognise and celebrate the diversity that makes football special.
"We have forwarded the messages concerned to Hampshire Police in keeping with our normal processes when dealing with these cases.
"We have also reported these posts to the social media platforms involved.
"We can only hope that they finally pay attention to what continues to be a major problem and that we do not find ourselves repeating these words in another two years time.”
Southampton is at the bottom of the table with 22 points after 26 matches.
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