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Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe receives racist abuse on social media after Everton match

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Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe suffered racial abuse once again after the Red Devils let two leads slip to draw 3-3 with Everton on Saturday. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side led 2-0 at 3-2 at Old Trafford but the Toffees recovered to salvage a point to dent their title hopes ahead of Manchester City‘s match with Liverpool on Sunday.

Tuanzebe was substituted onto the pitch late on with United leading Everton 3-2 but Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s last-gasp equaliser denied the home side victory. 

Manchester Untied defender Axel Tuanzebe received racial abuse on social media for the second time in ten days on Saturday night after his side's 3-3 draw with Everton

Manchester Untied defender Axel Tuanzebe received racial abuse on social media for the second time in ten days on Saturday night after his side’s 3-3 draw with Everton

Racist messages flooded in on Saturday night after United gave away two leads at Old Trafford

Racist messages flooded in on Saturday night after United gave away two leads at Old Trafford

Racists comments flooded onto Tuanzebe’s Instagram account and it is the second time the defender has received abuse of this type in the last ten days. 

The 23-year-old was the victim of similar comments after United’s 2-1 defeat to Premier League bottom side Sheffield United last week, with the Blades’ late winner coming via a Tuanzebe deflection. 

United team-mates Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial also reported racist abuse following the game. Greater Manchester Police revealed they will be launching an investigation into the posts sent to the trio, while the Premier League club has offered its support. 

Tuanzebe, 23, also received abuse after United's 2-1 home loss to Sheffield United last week

Tuanzebe, 23, also received abuse after United’s 2-1 home loss to Sheffield United last week

United's Anthony Martial (left) and Marcus Rashford (right) also reported abuse last week

United’s Anthony Martial (left) and Marcus Rashford (right) also reported abuse last week

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger also revealed on Saturday that he is the latest player to receive racist abuse and claimed that social media companies are profiting from racist messages.

The German defender claims the websites do not care about players or individuals receiving abuse and has called on people to ‘make a change’ on the issue.

Rudiger said: ‘To be very honest, I don’t know about all these social media things. Because at the end of the day, if more people are making accounts, I think they make money off it. 

‘So, me personally, I don’t think these people care. For, as you know, this money has power. And the rest doesn’t matter.

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger also reported racist abuse directed at him on Saturday

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger also reported racist abuse directed at him on Saturday

‘It’s hard to tell if people will make a change on that. I feel sorry for that. But I feel more sorry for people who are not strong enough, it really affects them this type of stuff.

‘Of course it affects me in a way too but for me, it’s just to think people are not normal. People are, sorry to say, stupid.’

Sportsmail revealed on Thursday that Premier League clubs flagged several tweets containing the monkey emoji to Twitter this week, only to be told that the symbol does not violate the company’s rules.

The top-flight clubs were horrified to hear this stance and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi joined the Premier League sides in expressing anger at this view.

Rudiger's Chelsea team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi slammed social media companies after Sportsmail revealed that they did not consider the aggressive use of the monkey emoji as a rule violation

Rudiger’s Chelsea team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi slammed social media companies after Sportsmail revealed that they did not consider the aggressive use of the monkey emoji as a rule violation

The winger told beIN Sports: ‘How can that make sense? If somebody puts for example, a monkey emoji towards a player – why is that? How is a player a monkey? What does that mean to a player?

‘So for us seeing stuff like that it always makes us angry. Are you saying that because of our skin colour? Because of the colour that we are?

‘Or are you just saying that because you just want to be, you think that you’re funny or you want to get a laugh out of people? No one laughs at that sort of situation. All of us take that personally as a team and as players. We have to do something about it.’ 

Southampton teenager Alexandre Jankewitz, 19, received racist abuse last week after his red card at Manchester United

One man was arrested this week after West Brom midfielder Romaine Sawyers received racist abuse online

Other top-flight players to receive abuse recently include Southampton teenager Alexandre Jankewitz (left) and West Brom’s Romaine Sawyers (right)

Hudson-Odoi’s Chelsea and England team-mate Reece James also recently reported racial abuse directed at him, prompting Blues owner Roman Abramovich to send a letter to every player at the club condemning the messages and offering support.

Southampton teenager Aleanxdre Jankewitz, 19, received torrent abuse online after being sent off on his Premier League debut – a 9-0 defeat to Manchester United.  Hampshire Police launched an investigation earlier this week into the posts.

Furthermore, Furthermore, one man was arrested last week for the racial abuse of West Bromwich Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers after his side’s recent 5-0 loss to Manchester City. 

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