Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba says racist abuse “can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation”.
The 26-year old France World Cup winner was racially abused on social media after his penalty miss at Wolves last Monday.
In a message on Twitter, accompanied by a photograph showing him holding his baby alongside portraits of his late father Fassou Antoine and civil rights activist Martin Luther King, he said: “My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football.”
Pogba’s team-mate Marcus Rashford was targeted online after missing a penalty in United’s shock home Premier League defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday.
It’s the fourth racism incident in two weeks – Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Reading’s Yakou Meite both received racist messages online after missing penalties in their teams’ most recent matches.