Anthony Martial was subject to more racist abuse on social media after Manchester United's 1-1 draw with West Brom over the weekend. The forward was taken off after 68 minutes as the Red Devils slipped up in their Premier League title charge, and now find themselves seven points off leaders Manchester City.
Following the draw, Martial was racially abused on Instagram with messages of hate, expletives, and various abhorrent symbols were posted on his page. This is the second time in three weeks that the Frenchman has been targeted since the turn of the year. Teammates Marcus Rashford and Axel Tuanzebe also recieved similar messages following the 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United.
Kick It Out representative Troy Townsend took a screenshot of the abuse aimed at Martial and tweeted: "Let me break my Sunday silence and just say here we go again. It’s so predictable now, it makes a mockery of Instagrams comments this week. I wonder if this account will be barred for a month and collect their "Insta slap on the wrist" and "don’t do that again" talk."
Instagram have admitted they have struggled to block most of the abusive posts because they do not screen direct messages, which are intended to be private. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said last month: “I don't think this is just a matter of footballers or famous people.
“That gets highlighted, which is in a sense good that we talk about it, but it's unacceptable behaviour. This way of discrimination, on social media, we can't do a lot can we. We have to work with the platforms. They've got to be stronger to make sure we stop this.”