FRED was racially abused after Manchester United’s 3-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Leicester. Trolls targeted the Brazilian midfielder’
FRED was racially abused after Manchester United’s 3-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Leicester.
Trolls targeted the Brazilian midfielder’s Instagram account after his error gifted Kelechi Iheanacho the opening goal.
Some social media criticism of Fred went far beyond slating his error or performance at the King Power Stadium[/caption]
Victor Lindelof and Fred show their frustration after the Brazilian’s poor backpass handed Kelechi Iheanacho the first of his two Leicester goals[/caption]
Some posts were racist, making Fred one of several United players to be so abused this year.
Sick comments were aimed at Marcus Rashford on Twitter in January, while Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe were attacked online last month.
This time Fred was blasted for his poor backpass that enabled Iheanacho to round Dean Henderson and slot home early on.
But some comments went far beyond acceptable criticism as football showed again it still has a huge problem with racism.
The FA’s equality and diversity director, Edleen John, wants more help from the police and Crown Prosecution Service against online abuse.
And United have also hit out at racist treatment dished out to their players on social media.
A recent club statement read: “Manchester United has zero tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination and a longstanding commitment to campaigning against it through our All Red All Equal initiative.”
On the pitch, Fred and Co certainly fell short of their recent high standards at the King Power Stadium.
Two-goal striker Iheanacho and impressive Foxes’ midfielder Youri Tielmans outgunned Mason Greenwood’s temporary equaliser.
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But United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told BBC Sport: “When we win, we win together and when we lose, we lose together. We’re not pointing fingers and blaming.”
We didn’t have the spark – but it’s understandable.
“This team have been fantastic in the last three or four months. We played every three days and been on a great run. It just caught up with us.”