Paul Pogba abuse: Manchester United to meet with Twitter chiefs to discuss racist social media trolls

Manchester United chiefs are due to meet with representatives of Twitter to discuss the racial abuse aimed at Paul Pogba on the social media platform.

The United star became the latest high-profile footballer to be racially abused online this week after missing a penalty in his side’s draw against Wolves on Monday.

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Paul Pogba was abused on social media after his costly penalty miss for Manchester United
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Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Reading’s Yakou Meite have also been targeted by racist trolls over the past week after failing to score spot-kicks.

The incidents have led to greater calls for Twitter to take stronger action against online hate, and the company has acknowledged the seriousness of the situation.

Twitter had already planned a meeting with anti-racism body Kick It Out in the coming weeks, and it is now looking to widen its discussions by bringing in United and other organisations.

A statement from Twitter read: “Over the next few weeks, Twitter representatives will meet with Manchester United, Kick It Out and any other civil society stakeholders interested in hearing about the proactive work Twitter is doing to address online racist abuse towards certain footballers in the UK.

“We have always maintained an open and healthy dialogue with our partners in this space, but we know we need to do more to protect our users. Racist behaviour has no place on our platform and we strongly condemn it.

“To this end, we look forward to working more closely with our partners to develop shared solutions to this issue. In the meantime, for Twitter’s part, we will continue to proactively monitor the conversation, and take aggressive enforcement action when content violates our rules.”

Twitter added that a series of accounts had been permanently suspended over the abuse.

United have acknowledged contact has been made with Twitter but a meeting is yet to be arranged.

The club, as well as a number of their players including Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire, had urged Twitter to take action following the abuse Pogba suffered.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the club said: “Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse aimed at Paul Pogba last night and we utterly condemn it.

“The individuals who expressed these views do not represent the values of our great club and it is encouraging to see the vast majority of our fans condemn this on social media also.

“Manchester United has zero tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination and a long-standing commitment to campaigning against it through our #AllRedAllEqual initiative.

“We will work to identify the few involved in these incidents and take the strongest course of action available to us. We also encourage social media companies to take action in these cases.”

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