Southampton defender Kyle Walker-Peters was subjected to racist abuse after a scoreless draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford. The defender has now received supportive messages from Alejandro Garnacho and Raphael Varane on social media after being subjected to racial abuse.
The full-back has responded to the racial abuse he suffered in the aftermath of the match at the weekend, while also sending a message to Manchester United starlet Alejandro Garnacho, who has been left injured by the tackle in question.
Offensive remarks were left on Walker-Peter’s Instagram post following the 0-0 draw with United.
In a comment about Walker-Peter’s tackle on Garnacho, a racist remark was seen. The abuse was disgusting and we’ve seen our own players suffer similar.
Unfortunately, the big social media companies don’t do anywhere near enough to tackle the issue. It happens far too regularly and it’s only a matter of time before it happens another Premier League star.
Walker-Peters took to Instagram to address the situation: “On a personal level, the racial abuse I received is something that no player or person should ever have to experience.
“We need to be better, and this is bigger than just football. More needs to be done to prevent this from happening time and time again. Thank you to everyone who has sent messages of support since, I appreciate each and every one of you.”
The 25-year-old also sent a message to Garnacho, saying: “Finally, to @garnacho7 it would never be my intention to injure a fellow professional. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back in action as soon as possible.”
United defender Raphael Varane replied: “Bigger than football. Well said Kyle, you have my support.”
Kyle Walker-Peters via IG + response from @raphaelvarane. pic.twitter.com/v6Nr3ClAOK
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Garnacho has also replied, adding: “More than football thank you very much for the message brother, this is part of football.”
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Kyle’s tackle now will keep Ganarcho out for weeks,he didn’t receive no red card but Casemiro got a red and suspended for 4 games for the tackle that left the victim even more active after the collision…,Common premier league referees,what beef y’all got with Man U and Casemiro ??
Racial comments have no place in society, full stop. Taking these comments off social media platforms is woefully inadequate – the person/people who write this vile nonsense need to be put on a boat, taken 800 miles out into the Atlantic and left there. No phone. No WiFi. One paddle.