Anthony Martial has again been subjected to racist abuse on social media following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday.
Both Martial and Red Devils team-mate Axel Tuanzebe were targeted by sick trolls after their 2-1 defeat at home to Sheffield United on January 27.
And now the former has received similar abuse on Instagram in the wake of United’s draw away at West Brom, despite the social-media platform vowing to clamp down on the problem this week.
Racist trolls posted a number of abominable messages on Martial’s various Instagram posts, which included the use of offensive emojis and the N-word.
They targeted the Frenchman immediately after he was replaced in the 66th minute of United’s share of the spoils with the Baggies.
It comes after team-mate Marcus Rashford was also subjected to racist abuse after their 0–0 draw with Arsenal last month, while Chelsea’s Reece James and Antonio Rudiger, Southampton’s Alex Jankewitz and West Brom’s Romaine Sawyers have also been targeted in recent weeks.
Instagram have admitted their systems struggled to block most of the abusive posts as they do not routinely screen direct messages, which are intended to remain private.
However, the social-media company have vowed to act more efficiently in banning racist trolls in the future.
They have also promised to work with the police in order to prosecute the culprits.
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Instagram chiefs say they are working on a new feature which will allow people to stop abusive DMs reaching them by blocking specific terms or emojis from being received.
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.
“It happens all across society. We will work with the authorities and it has to be stopped.
“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.”
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