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Instagram responds after Man United player Anthony Martial racially abused again

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Anthony Martial was subjected to further racist abuse following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at West Brom.

Martial and United teammate Axel Tuanzebe were targeted by racist trolls last month after the Premier League defeat to Sheffield United on January 27 and the Frenchman was abused on social media again on Sunday.

A number of Instagram users left racist words and symbols in the comments section of Martial’s most recent post, uploaded 16 weeks ago.

Last week, Instagram announced new measures to tackle online abuse in the wake of the latest spate of sickening racist attacks on footballers.

The social media network told the PA news agency on Sunday evening that it is looking into the matter and has already removed a number of racist comments.

United have also been contacted and said their position remained unchanged from the statement issued at the end of January, when they said they were ‘disgusted’ by the abuse by ‘anonymous mindless idiots’ and urged social media platforms and regulatory authorities ‘to strengthen measures to prevent this kind of behaviour’.

Marcus Rashford and United Women’s forward Lauren James, her brother and Chelsea right-back Reece, and West Brom’s Romaine Sawyers have also been targeted in the last few weeks.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer addressed the issue at a press conference on February 1.

“We all know there’s freedom of speech but this crosses a line of what’s unacceptable,” he said. “It’s absolutely unacceptable behaviour in 2021 with the education. So we have to work with the platforms and they’ve got to be stronger to make sure that we stop this.”

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