David McGoldrick becomes latest Premier League star to reveal vile racist abuse he has been sent on social media as Sheffield United star posts message calling him a ‘f***ing dirty n*****’ and ‘ape’ just a day after Wilfried Zaha was abused
- Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick has been racially abused on Instagram
- He posted screenshot of abusive message sent to him by ‘mma_notorious_mma’
- McGoldrick’s post comes just 24 hours after Wilfried Zaha revealed similar abuse
- A 12-year-old boy was arrested for racially abusing Zaha ahead of Aston Villa tie
David McGoldrick has become the latest Premier League star to reveal the vile racist abuse he has received on social media.
The Sheffield United star follows in the footsteps of Wilfried Zaha, who on Sunday posted the messages he was sent on Instagram, with a 12-year-old boy later being arrested by police.
McGoldrick wrote ‘2020 and this is life’ alongside the screenshot, which showed the message sent directly to him by a user called ‘mma_notorious_mma’.
David McGoldrick has revealed the sickening racist abuse he was sent on Instagram this week
McGoldrick scored twice for Sheffield United in their win over Chelsea on Saturday afternoon
McGoldrick (left, with Tammy Abraham) wrote ‘2020 and this is life’ alongside his post
The disgusting abuse reads: ‘You f****** dirty n*****. Your n***** life defo [sic] doesn’t matter. F*** you ya [sic] bold [sic] c*** WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOU PLAYED MAURE [Manchester United] YOU F****** S*** APE.’
In a statement to Sportsmail on Monday morning, Sheffield United said: ‘As a club we will support David McGoldrick and will do all we can to find the perpetrator of the disgusting message posted on social media.
‘We will work with the Premier League and all the relevant authorities to ensure the person behind this post is brought to justice.’
The sickening racist messages come off the back of McGoldrick’s stunning brace against Chelsea which helped Sheffield United to a dominant 3-0 win.
McGoldrick’s outing of the racist message on social media comes 24 hours after Crystal Palace star Zaha did the same.
On Sunday morning, Zaha posted a message on social media with the caption ‘woke up to this today’.
Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has also been subjected to racist abuse on his Instagram page
Zaha was sent a series of disgusting images and two messages ahead of his game at Villa Park
In two messages Zaha was told ‘you better not score tomorrow you black c***’ before the poster added ‘or I’ll come to your house dressed as a ghost.’
The poster, who later posted an apology to Zaha in a caption of a photo of Aston Villa players taking a knee, also sent an picture of a Ku Klux Klan gathering, to underline the threat, and another displaying an edited version of a box of cornflakes, instead carrying the words ‘c***flakes’ and displaying a man with his face blacked up.
West Midlands Police confirmed a 12-year-old from Solihull has been arrested as part of their investigation.
The Premier League are looking into the incident as part of their discriminatory abuse system.
The 12-year-old boy later appeared to apologise to Zaha under the guise of a new account
In response to the arrest, the PFA said: ‘The posts sent to @wilfriedzaha ahead of today’s game were sickening and abhorrent.Players continue to be the target of relentless abuse online.
‘While we’re satisfied that the offender has been arrested, the fact a 12-year-old would send such material is deeply troubling. Incidents, such as this, only strengthen the case for tighter regulation of social media companies. We call on the authorities to accelerate the process of appointing Ofcom as the regulator to oversee the Online Harms legislation.’
The fan had also sent Ivorian pictures of American white supremacy hate group Ku Klux Klan
The fan also displayed an edited version of a box of cornflakes, instead carrying the words ‘c***flakes’ and displaying a man with his face blacked up
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