LONDON – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said players need more protection from social media companies, describing racist abuse and death threats directed at them as “serious incidents.”
United midfielder Paul Pogba was the target of online abuse after missing a penalty in Monday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers, prompting the club to issue a strong statement condemning the views.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard last week urged social media companies to take action after 21-year-old striker Tammy Abraham was targeted after the team's UEFA Super Cup loss to Liverpool.
“We need to protect individuals. When there's death threats and racism, it's serious allegations, serious incidents,” Solskjaer told reporters on the eve of Saturday's clash with Crystal Palace.
“Sometimes you get annoyed, what can we do about it as Manchester United? We're not going to ban our players on social media, we have to spread the good word instead.”