Manchester United have condemned the racist abuse suffered by Ashley Young in the fallout of their Champions League defeat to Barcelona.
The Red Devils fell to a 4-0 aggregate defeat to Barca after losing 3-0 at the Nou Camp on Tuesday, after which Young was subjected to racist abuse on Twitter.
Young, who captained the Red Devils on the night, became the latest target after a string of recent high-profile incidents of racist abuse. Last week, Chelsea barred entry to three individuals identified as having taken part in an Islamophobic chant aimed at Mohamed Salah.
The following day, Arsenal were forced to launch an investigation into an online video in which a supporter can be heard racially abusing the Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during the Europa League quarter-final first leg.
United said the club “utterly condemns” the “racist social media comments”.
The club added it was “working to identify individuals involved”.
Anti-discrimination charity, Kick it Out, called upon Twitter to finally take serious action against users found to have partaken in racist abuse.
“Yet another black player, this time Ashley Young, is targeted with racist abuse on social media after tonight’s Champions League game,” a Kick it Out tweet read.
“Again, we’re left asking Twitter the same question – when will you take serious action to tackle the rampant discrimination on your platform?”
A Twitter spokesperson responded by claiming the platform was suspending abusive accounts more frequently than last year.
“We do not comment on individual cases for privacy reasons,” they said.
“Our abusive behaviour policy prohibits behaviour which attempts to harass, intimidate or silence another person’s voice and we take strong enforcement action if violations are found.
“Progress in this space is tough, but we are deeply committed to improving the health of the conversation on the platform.
“To this end, we are now suspending three times more abusive accounts within 24 hours after receiving a report than this time last year. We’ll continue building on this work to prioritise the safety of our users.”
As per Twitter’s abusive behaviour policy, messages and posts which violate their terms of service are hidden and the offender’s account is suspended until the post is removed.
Young, who is active on Twitter, is yet to publish a response.