Pogba target of racist slurs for missing penalty against Wolverhampton
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (C) misses a penalty during the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United held at the Molineux in Wolverhampton, Britain, Aug. 19, 2019. EFE/EPA/PETER POWELL
London, Aug 20 (efe-epa).- Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been subjected to racist insults on social media after missing a penalty in the Premier League 1-1 tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Several of the tweets insulting the French international were deleted and the accounts of those who wrote them were suspended.
On Monday, Pogba failed to convert a penalty in the second half of the match that would likely have assured the visitors of all three points, and watched as Wolverhampton keeper Rui Patricio made the save to preserve the deadlock.
Meanwhile, head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expressed confidence in Pogba saying “sometimes penalty-takers feel confident enough to score. I have been in that situation myself and have gone up and missed a penalty for Norway.”
“When there are two names there it's the one who is the most confident and Paul has scored before so there’s no problem. Today Patricio made a good save. The two of them have been very confident. Last week Marcus scored a goal, I'm sure he would have loved to take another, but also Paul is confident. I like players with confidence. I’ve absolutely no problem with players walking up and saying ‘this is mine’,” he explained.
The 26-year-old is the third player to be subjected to offensive comments in recent days.
Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham missed the decisive attempt in the penalty shootout in the European Super Cup against Liverpool and was also insulted on social media.
Reading midfielder Yakou Meite experienced the same racist abuse after missing a 91st-minute penalty on Sunday’s match against Cardiff City. EFE