Manchester United midfielder Fred says ‘we cannot feed that culture’ after become the latest footballer to receive racist abuse online.
The Brazil international was targeted on Instagram after his side’s 3-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Leicester this past Sunday, where he gifted the ball to Kelechi Iheanacho ahead of the Foxes’ opening goal.
Fred wrote on Twitter: ‘Social media comments filled with hate and, above all, racism: we cannot feed that culture.
Social media comments filled with hate and, above all, racism: we cannot feed that culture. We cannot aceppt it. We have to fight it always. We are bigger and better than that. Enough! pic.twitter.com/bR2ibDms6k
— Fred Rodrigues (@Fred08oficial) March 22, 2021
‘We cannot aceppt [sic] it. We have to fight it always.
‘We are bigger and better than that. Enough!’
The 28-year-old is one of several United players to be subjected to abuse in recent weeks.
Marcus Rashford posted a statement about comments directed at him in late January, while Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe were also targeted.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 22, 2021
Manchester United have previously condemned abuse directed at their players by ‘mindless idiots’ and, in a Twitter post quoting Fred’s statement on Monday, said: ‘We stand together #UnitedAgainstRacism’.
Earlier this month, the UK’s football policing lead detective chief constable Mark Roberts said the response of social-media companies in assisting the police to identify abusers has been ‘woeful’.
At the time a spokesperson for Facebook, which also owns Instagram, said the company ‘will continue to work with the police and wider industry to collectively tackle this issue’.
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