Anthony Martial’s wife has shared abusive messages sent to her on Instagram and the accounts of the abusers are still active, at the time of writing.
In a screen shot uploaded by Melanie Martial Da Cruz, the sender’s username was visible and a simple search on Instagram shows their account is still active.
Another user issued a death threat against United striker Martial, Ms Da Cruz, and their two-year-old son, accusing Martial of costing United the title following their 2-1 Premier League defeat to Sheffield United on Wednesday night.
In sharing one of the aforementioned posts, Ms Da Cruz wrote in French: “And I have plenty of them like that!”
Racist users on Instagram targeted Martial and Axel Tuanzebe by posting comments on their historic Instagram posts, prompting a strongly-worded response from United urging social media sites to eradicate abuse posted by ‘anonymous mindless idiots’.
On Friday morning, the Manchester United director of communications Charlie Brooks told Radio 5 Live there needs to be an ‘impetus’ on making users identifiable and verifiable.
“I think that’s part of the problem you have – people propagating this kind of vile abuse – and it happens in every level of society and football becomes a lightning rod for it,” Mr Brooks said.
“The players have to deal with that, they’re used to criticism in their roles, they’re used to being public figures. But no one should have to put up with what they have to put up with what they have to put up with on social media.
“We’ve had discussions with the social media platforms, they’re committed to monitoring, they will take down accounts when they see abuse. But, really, the impetus has to be on them to create identifiable and verifiable accounts, because while they are anonymous, these people can continue to spout this vile abuse.”
United said in a statement issued on Thursday morning: “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.
“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 players swiftly expressed their support for Martial and Tuanzebe through their social media platforms on Thursday.