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McTominay: Abuse of Tuanzebe is a disgrace

13 Feb 2021

Man Utd midfielder has condemned the racist messages sent to his team-mate on social media

Scott McTominay has condemned the racist abuse his Manchester United team-mate Axel Tuanzebe has had to endure over recent weeks and the effect it has had on him.

"It's a disgrace and that's the type of people who are on social media saying the things that they're saying at this moment in time," McTominay told the club's official website

"Honestly, it makes me feel sick, coming in seeing Axel the next day after the game. 

"But I feel like it's an absolute shambles and that's somebody, one of my brothers who I've grown up with for a long, long time now, and to see that happen to him is absolutely disgusting."

Several Premier League players have been subject to racist abuse on social media over the past fortnight and McTominay cannot understand why someone's race and ethnicity should be mentioned.

Scott McTominay Axel Tuanzebe
'I just don't even think about the situation with people having different ethnic backgrounds. I just never would say, "I'm white, Axel's black." How are we any different?'

"I just don't even think about the situation with people having different ethnic backgrounds," he said. "I just never would say, 'I'm white, Axel's black.' How are we any different? It's exactly the same.

"We've grown up through the same school together. We've played football together for years. So, it infuriates me.

"But I feel like now we are getting to the awareness which it needs to have, because these are my brothers who I've played with for years and years, and to see it happening is a shambles. It's a disgrace."

Reporting abuse

The Premier League's online abuse reporting system is helping players, managers and their family members who receive serious discriminatory online abuse. Each case is rapidly reviewed, reported to the relevant social media company, investigated and, where appropriate, legal action is taken. 

The League and clubs are also encouraging fans to play their part in the fight against racism by reporting it whenever they encounter it.

See: How to report racism

Last month, the Premier League launched its No Room For Racism Action Plan, outlining a series of commitments aimed at creating greater access to opportunities and career progression for Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups in football, and actions to eradicate racial prejudice.

Free resources to educate on racism

As part of its No Room For Racism initiative to help educate about diversity, inclusion and racism, the League has also produced free learning resources in the Premier League Primary Stars programme for schools and families.

Players such as Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Conor Coady, Hamza Choudhury and Michail Antonio speak about the impact of racism and the importance of diversity to inspire and teach young people.

See: PL Primary Stars: This is Everyone's Game - Black Voices

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