April 21, 2021

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Patrick van Aanholt subjected to vile racist abuse after missing late chance in Man United draw

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Patrick van Aanholt has revealed he was racially abused online after missing a late chance in Crystal Palace‘s goalless stalemate against Manchester United on Wednesday evening.

The Eagles defender, 30, played the full 90 minutes at Selhurst Park as Roy Hodgson’s side battled their way to a deserved point against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Champions League hopefuls.

The Dutch international went close to snatching a big three points late on when he saw a one-on-one effort saved by stand-in goalkeeper Dean Henderson. 

Patrick van Aanholt was subjected to vile racist abuse following Palace's draw with Man United

Patrick van Aanholt was subjected to vile racist abuse following Palace’s draw with Man United

And van Aanholt has revealed that he received an abusive message on Instagram after the game, with the perpetrator launching disgusting comments in relation to an unsuccessful bet. 

Van Aanholt was labelled a ‘monkey’ by the abuser and told to ‘break ur [sic] f****** neck’.  

Van Aanholt shared a screenshot of the messages with the caption: ‘Why we kneel…’

The Eagles star, 30, missed a late chance to win the game with Dean Henderson saving well

The Eagles star, 30, missed a late chance to win the game with Dean Henderson saving well

Van Aanholt shared a screenshot of the abuse, sent in relation to an unsuccessful bet

Van Aanholt shared a screenshot of the abuse, sent in relation to an unsuccessful bet

The Palace defender is the latest of a host of players to be targeted online, with clubs imploring tech giants to do more to combat the growing problem.

Last month, Manchester United star Anthony Martial received racist abuse following the Red Devils’ draw with West Brom and defeat to Sheffield United. Axel Tuanzebe also received vile abuse following the defeat to the Blades.

Sportsmail reported that the French forward was offered security by United amid the sickening abuse after his wife, Melanie, revealed that she had been subjected to further abuse which included death threats to both herself and her husband.

Axel Tuanzebe received racist abuse following the club's defeat to Sheffield United

Anthony Martial was sent racist abuse after games against West Brom and Sheffield United

Van Aanholt is the latest of a host of footballers to be targeted, with Manchester United duo Axel Tuanzee (L) and Anthony Martial (R) subjected to disgusting abuse last month 

Marcus Rashford responded to the vile racial abuse he received on social media in January

Marcus Rashford responded to the vile racial abuse he received on social media in January

Chelsea defender Reece James, Arsenal winger Willian, West Brom’s Romaine Sawyers and Southampton youngster Alex Jankewitz have also been targeted by racist trolls online this season. 

Some footballers have responded to racist abuse online, with United star Marcus Rashford hitting out at vile comments following the club’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal in January. 

‘Humanity and social media at its worst,’ he tweeted in response to the abuse. ‘Yes I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am. No one, or no one comment, is going to make me feel any different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here.’ 

Ian Wright expressed disappointment in the punishment of a teenager who sent him abuse

Ian Wright expressed disappointment in the punishment of a teenager who sent him abuse

Earlier this year, Arsenal legend and Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright said he was ‘disappointed’ that an Irish teenager who sent him abuse on Instagram escaped a criminal conviction. 

Patrick O’Brien, 18, sent 20 abusive messages to Wright, 57, on Instagram after losing a Fifa video game match in May 2019. 

O’Brien was given probation, to which Wright responded: ‘I am disappointed, I’m tired, we are all tired’.  

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