Axel Tuanzebe suffers racist abuse again after Man Utd draw with Everton – Mirror Online

Axel Tuanzebe was again subjected to vile racist abuse after Manchester United conceded a last-gasp equaliser against Everton.

The United defender received more appalling abuse on social media after he gave away the free-kick from which Dominic Calvert-Lewin secured a point for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

It comes just 10 days after he and team-mate Anthony Martial were the targets of racist comments following the Red Devils’ shock defeat to Sheffield United.

Tuanzebe was targeted again after he was brought on as a substitute three minutes into injury time on Saturday, with Calvert-Lewin scoring following the free-kick two minutes later.

United released a statement condemning the abuse received by Tuanzebe and Martial following the defeat to the Blades last week.

Axel Tuanzebe received racist abuse on Instagram following United's draw with Everton

Axel Tuanzebe received racist abuse on Instagram following United’s draw with Everton

The club called on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram to do more to identify the perpetrators, so they can be held to account.

The statement read: “Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse received by players via social media after last night’s game.

“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.

Tuanzebe and team-mates dejected after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s last-gasp equaliser
(Image: Pool via REUTERS)

“Identifying these anonymous mindless idiots remains problematic. We urge social media platforms and regulatory authorities to strengthen measures to prevent this kind of behaviour.”

United took a 2-0 lead in the first half against Everton through goals from Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes.

But Abdoulaye Doucoure tapped home after De Gea pushed out a cross at the start of the second half, before James Rodriguez equalised shortly after.

Scott McTominay put the hosts back in front, but Calvert-Lewin levelled the scores with almost the last kick of the game.

The vile abuse came just 10 days after he was also targeted following the defeat to Sheffield United

The vile abuse came just 10 days after he was also targeted following the defeat to Sheffield United

The result meant United failed to go level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

United called in police to investigate the abuse directed towards their players following their defeat to Sheffield United.

Red Devils boss Solskjaer at the time condemned those responsible, and called for more to be done to ensure the culprits were identified and brought to justice.

“It’s just incredible we have these scenes still, this abuse in 2021,” said Solskajer last week.

“We’ve been campaigning for a long time now with the Premier League and I think it’s working, but there are still some people that haven’t got it.

“They hide behind social media, are anonymous and it’s unacceptable, it’s disgusting.

“The players and everyone we’ve spoken to, each other, and they’re fine, to put it that way. They’re not Manchester United fans when this happens. We’re all standing behind every single one of our players.

“Axel is fine, I’ve spoken to him. Of course it’s not nice, but he’s a strong boy, a strong character, he’s got support from his family, we’re a family in the club and his team-mates are family.

“It’s not something you expect to see now but they’re not surprised. You have to feel sorry for these individuals.

“I think social media platforms need to be looked at, yeah.

“If you can create an anonymous account and abuse people, it’s not right, so we’ll work together with everyone to stop this nonsense.”

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