Manchester United duo Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe were subjected to racial abuse on social media after the club’s 2-1 shock defeat to Sheffield United.
Martial played the full match at Old Trafford, while centre-back Tuanzebe was substituted in the 83rd minute which is his first Premier League game of the season.
Following the game, abuse was aimed at the players’ Instagram accounts. A number of users posted racist comments and symbols on old photos. Tuanzebe was also targeted on Twitter.
On Thursday morning, Manchester United said they were “disgusted” by the abuse and hope the “anonymous mindless idiots” are identified, while players including captain Harry Maguire and forward Marcus Rashford tweeted their support for Martial and Tuanzebe.
“Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse received by players via social media after last night’s game,” a club statement read.
“We utterly condemn it and it is encouraging to see other 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 All Red All Equal initiative.
“Identifying these anonymous mindless idiots remains problematic. We urge social media platforms and regulatory authorities to strengthen measures to prevent this kind of behaviour.”