Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called for social media platforms to do more to tackle online abuse – after Manchester United players were subjected to racist abuse.
Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial were subjected to vile racist abuse on Instagram in the wake of United’s shock 2-1 defeat at home to Sheffield United on Wednesday.
United have called in police to investigate the abuse directed towards the players, with Solskjaer wanting more done to ensure those responsible are identified and brought to justice.
“It’s just incredible we have these scenes still, this abuse in 2021,” said Solskajer.
“We’ve been campaigning for a long time now with the Premier League and I think it’s working, but there are still some people that haven’t got it.
“They hide behind social media, are anonymous and it’s unacceptable, it’s disgusting.
“The players and everyone we’ve spoken to, each other, and they’re fine, to put it that way. They’re not Manchester United fans when this happens. We’re all standing behind every single one of our players.
“Axel is fine, I’ve spoken to him. Of course it’s not nice, but he’s a strong boy, a strong character, he’s got support from his family, we’re a family in the club and his team-mates are family.
“It’s not something you expect to see now but they’re not surprised. You have to feel sorry for these individuals.
“I think social media platforms need to be looked at, yeah.
“If you can create an anonymous account and abuse people, it’s not right, so we’ll work together with everyone to stop this nonsense.”
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