Football is on the verge of experiencing “Eric Cantona moment” once more if the government fails to take actions to stop racial abuse among players. Says former Tottenham striker, Garth Crooks.
Manchester United players were victims of racial discrimination. This when the midfielder, Paul Pogba, and striker, Marcus Rashford missed penalties in the past week.
United forward Cantona discreditably launched into a Kung-fu-style on a Crystal Palace fan in the crowd. The player claimed he faced abuse during the game at Selhurst Park on January 1995.
Crook, a trustee of anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out said, “If something drastic is not done, we might be revealing an Eric Cantona moment. If we do, the game will only have itself to blame.”
“I never thought I would talk about footballers receiving racial abuse in this day and at this age. And certainly not on the industrial scale we are talking about at the moment. Racial abuse on social media is out of control and abuse in football grounds is not far behind.”
Twitter plans to meet any stakeholders to show the proactive work being done to tackle abuse. This after the 26-year-old France International, became a victim following a missed penalty in a 1-1 draw at Wolves.
Included Pogba’s team-mates- the England striker, Rashford became a target as well after missing from the spot during the shock 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday. The England women’s manager, Phil Neville called for footballers to “boycott” social media.
“Managers and players must boycott social media. The professional Footballer’s Association’s outstanding #Enough campaign was a start but not clearly enough.”
“The game’s authorities and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have made strong statements denouncing these trolls, but the government must introduce legislation quickly.”
Paul Pogba on Twitter
World Cup winner, Paul Pogba on Sunday posted a message on social media saying, “racist abuse can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation”