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Marcus Rashford racially abused on social media after Man Utd clash with Arsenal

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Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford received racist abuse on Saturday night after united’s goalless draw at Arsenal.

The 22-year-old, who was awarded the MBE for his work fighting child food poverty, received multiple racist messages on Instagram on Saturday.

They were sent to the England striker after his club’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal.

“I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am,” he said on Twitter.

“No-one, or no one comment, is going to make me feel any different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here.

“I’m not sharing screenshots. It would be irresponsible to do so and as you can imagine there’s nothing original in them.

“I have beautiful children of all colours following me and they don’t need to read it. Beautiful colours that should only be celebrated.”

The Football Association had reiterated its commitment to clamping down on discrimination of all kinds earlier on Saturday.

“We are united with all of football in our abhorrence of any racist abuse,” the FA said in a statement. “This is not acceptable in any part of society.

“We will continue to work with the rest of the game, the government and social media platforms to remove this – and all elements of – discrimination from our sport.”

On Saturday a man was arrested after a racist message was sent to West Bromwich Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers.

And on Friday Chelsea said they were “disgusted” after right-back Reece James was racially abused on social media.

Rashford’s team-mates Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial were racially abused on social media after their side’s defeat to Sheffield United on Wednesday

On Friday a spokesperson for Facebook, which also owns Instagram, said: “There is no place for racism on Instagram and we are committed to removing it when we find it. We know there is more to do and we will continue to work closely with clubs, players and football authorities to investigate instances of discrimination and collectively tackle this issue.”

Twitter also released a statement, saying: “Racist behaviour has no place on our service and when we identify accounts that violate any of the Twitter Rules, we take enforcement action.

“We have proactively engaged and continue to collaborate with our valued partners in football to identify ways to tackle this issue collectively and will continue to play our part in curbing this unacceptable behaviour – both online and offline.”

BBC

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