Following Sunday’s 0-0 Premier League draw at Manchester United, the full-back received a slew of offensive replies on Instagram, including monkey emojis.
An official statement from the Saints said:
“In February 2021, the club made a statement about one of our young players receiving abhorrent racial abuse following a match against Manchester United”.
“More than two years on, we find ourselves in the exact same position: disgusted and disappointed in the behaviour of those online who lower themselves to abusing players for the colour of their skin”.
“What is equally frustrating is the lack of meaningful action in those two years from the social media platforms who allow such hatred to breed and fester”.
“As we have said before, Southampton Football Club fights every day to remove such people from our sport and our community in order to protect our players, our staff, Southampton fans and those football supporters around the world who recognise and celebrate the diversity that makes football special”.
“We have forwarded the messages concerned to Hampshire Police in keeping with our normal processes when dealing with these cases”.
“We have also reported these posts to the social media platforms involved”.
“We can only hope that they finally pay attention to what continues to be a major problem and that we do not find ourselves repeating these words in another two years’ time.”