Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba suffered racial abuse on social media after he missed a penalty which could have given his side a 2-1 lead against Wolves on Monday night.
There appeared to be a debate between Pogba and teammate Marcus Rashford over who should take the spot-kick, with Pogba eventually taking control and taking the ball from Rashford.
He went on to miss, however, after Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio dived to his right to save, and the game ended in a draw.
Shortly after the incident some abhorrent posts were spotted on Twitter which aimed racial abuse towards Pogba, with the Frenchman called a “n*****” and other derogatory terms.
One post read: “Pogba you f****** n*****”, while another user said: “Pogba is a n*****”. Another vile post read: “Pogba… you f****** fat m***** looking n*****.”
The abuse is yet more bad news in the fight against racism in football as just last week there was outrage after Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham also suffered abuse.
Abraham missed the crucial penalty in the UEFA Super Cup final shootout against Liverpool , and revealed he had received a number of racial taunts on Twitter.
Reading striker Yakou Meite also called out racist abuse following his side’s 3-0 win over Cardiff City in the Championship after he also missed a penalty, posting a screenshot of the abuse he had received along with the caption: “I don’t think I need to speak.”
It remains to be seen if the comments against Pogba are investigated, but Chelsea released a strongly worded statement following the abuse about Abraham.
A spokesman for the club said: “We are disgusted with the abhorrent posts we have seen on social media. Chelsea FC finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour unacceptable.
“It has no place at this club and where there is clear evidence of Chelsea season ticket holders or members involved in such behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action against them.”
Manager Frank Lampard also condemned the comments, saying he was “disgusted” by the people involved.