Racist abuse ‘only makes me stronger’ says Pogba

Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (L) vies with Crystal Palace's French-born Ghanaian striker Jordan Ayew (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 24, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 25 August 2019

Racist abuse ‘only makes me stronger’ says Pogba

  • Pogba was the target of racial slurs on Twitter when his penalty was saved by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio
  • The 26-year-old insists he will use the jibes as fuel to step up the fight against racists

LONDON: Paul Pogba says he is ready to fight against racist abuse after the Manchester United star and his team-mate Marcus Rashford were subjected to social media taunts following their penalty misses.
Pogba was the target of racial slurs on Twitter when his penalty was saved by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio in Monday’s 1-1 draw.
Then United striker Rashford suffered racist abuse online after hitting the post with a penalty in Saturday’s shock 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Reading’s Yakou Meite were also recently targeted by social media trolled and World Cup winner Pogba has had enough.

The 26-year-old insists he will use the jibes as fuel to step up the fight against racists.
“My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football,” Pogba wrote on his Instagram account on Sunday.
“Racist insults are ignorance and can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation.”
During the Palace match at Old Trafford, United fans unveiled a banner reading ‘United against racism’.
Rashford had tweeted in support of Pogba after the Wolves games, saying: “Enough now, this needs to stop Twitter. Manchester United is a family. Paul Pogba is a huge part of that family. You attack him you attack us all.”
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer condemned both incidents involving his players.
The Premier League club are believed to be planning talks with Twitter chiefs in a bid to resolve the problem.
Anti-discrimination campaigners Kick It Out have also called for “decisive action.”


Neymar’s Champions League ban cut to 2 games

Updated 17 September 2019

Neymar’s Champions League ban cut to 2 games

  • Neymar was suspended for abusive language to a referee or assistant
  • The ruling clears Neymar to play for Paris Saint-Germain at Club Brugge on October 22

LAUSANNE, Switzerland: Neymar’s ban from the Champions League for insulting match officials has been cut to two games.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the three-match suspension to the minimum of two games for abusive language to a referee or assistant.
The ruling clears Neymar to play for Paris Saint-Germain at Club Brugge on Oct. 22.
Neymar remains banned for PSG’s match against Real Madrid on Wednesday, and from playing at Galatasaray in two weeks.
UEFA found the Brazil striker guilty of abuse on social media after PSG was eliminated by Manchester United in the last 16 in March. Neymar, who was injured and did not play, published profane comments about video review officials after United got a decisive stoppage-time penalty.