Paul Pogba has broken his silence after being subjected to racist abuse on Twitter last week.
The Man Utd midfielder was on the receiving end of hateful, discriminatory comments following his penalty miss against Wolves on Monday night.
A number of Pogba’s United teammates and football figures – including Harry Maguire – leapt to the defence of the Frenchman and condemned the offenders.
And Pogba has now spoken out on the matter in a defiant response on social media.
Posting from his Twitter account, Pogba said: “My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football.
“Racist insults are ignorance and can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation.”
The abuse towards Pogba formed part of a recent spout of similar incidences where Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Reading’s Yakou Miete were also targeted.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke out about the abuse levelled at Pogba after the Wolves match and ahead of the visit of Palace.
“Paul’s fine,” said Solskjaer. “Paul’s a strong character and it makes him stronger. I just cannot believe we still sit here in 2019 talking about these instances.
“Social media is a place where, as Harry said, people can hide behind fake identities.
“I don’t think it’s down to me to change it but we’ve got to do something about it and the authorities have got to do something about these ones that spread this hate.
“You just feel sorry for them really. They must have problems themselves when they have to do this.”
Pogba’s Man Utd teammate Marcus Rashford has since suffered the same treatment after he rattled his penalty kick off the post against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Man Utd fans had unfurled a banner in the match at Old Trafford which read: ‘United against racism’, and club chiefs are now set to meet with Twitter to dicsuss the issue.
Kick It Out took to Twitter on Saturday to address the racist abuse that was published online following Rashford’s penalty miss.
Alongside the statement from August 20, which was posted after the Pogba incident, read: “This problem will not go away and needs decisive action.
“That’s what we‘ll be making clear to Twitter when we meet.”