Twitter Set To Meet Man United & Kick It Out Over Pogba Online Racist Abuse

Twitter will meet Manchester United and Kick It Out following online racist abuse directed at Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman became the third player in a week to be racially abused on social media following a penalty miss.

Pogba saw a 68th-minute penalty saved by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio in the 1-1 draw at Molineux on Monday – the fourth spot-kick Pogba has missed for United in the Premier League since the start of last season.

United defender Harry Maguire called on social media companies to “stop these pathetic trolls”, while striker Marcus Rashford said “enough now, this needs to stop”.

Former United player and England women’s manager Phil Neville called for footballers to “boycott” social media which would send a “powerful message”.

Twitter said it will meet with any stakeholders to show the “proactive work” being done to tackle abuse.

It said in a statement: “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.

“Over the 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.

“To this end, we look forward to working more closely with our partners to develop shared solutions to this issue.”

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– BBC

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