Southampton midfielder Alexandre Jankewitz suffered racist abuse online after Tuesday’s match at Manchester United, the Saints have confirmed.
The south coast club has passed the abusive social media posts aimed at the 19-year-old on to Hampshire Police.
Jankewitz was sent off in the second minute of the clash at Old Trafford, which ended in a resounding 9-0 victory to for hosts United.
The abuse directed at the youngster comes soon after Red Devils trio Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe were on the receiving end of similar online trolling.
The recent flurry of vile abuse has led to renewed calls for the government to act against those who use social media as a platform for hate crime.
The Saints vowed to remove perpetrators from their fanbase and confirmed they have sent the abusive messages Jankewitz received on to the police in a statement released on Wednesday.
” Southampton Football Club can confirm that it has identified a number of posts on social media directing racial abuse at our 19-year-old midfielder Alex Jankewitz, following last night’s result at Manchester United.
“Abuse of any form will never be tolerated at Southampton. Our club prides itself on its inclusive nature, and supporters who stoop to such abhorrent and archaic standards are not welcome as Southampton supporters, or anywhere else within football.
“The club will continue to fight every day to remove such people from our sport and our community in order to protect our players, our staff, Southampton fans and football supporters around the world who recognise and celebrate the diversity that makes football special.
“The club is passing on all abusive messages to Hampshire Police and hope they are able to permanently remove those individuals from our football community.”
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