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Kyle Walker-Peters suffers vile racist abuse online after Southampton draw with Man Utd

Kyle Walker-Peters suffers vile racist abuse online after Southampton draw with Man Utd, warning for what you’re about to read.

On Sunday, a number of offensive remarks, including monkey emojis, were posted in the player’s comments section of an Instagram post which was made a week ago.

It came after Man Utd substitute Alejandro Garnacho was in pain during the final stages of the clash at Old Trafford following a Walker-Peters challenge in the box.

The 18-year-old came off the bench to replace Jadon Sancho with 17 minutes left on the clock but ended up being forced off in injury time after a tackle by the Saints full-back.

He was seen leaving the stadium on crutches, however Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag said Garnacho’s injury was “not too bad”.


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.

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Together we will strive to make our social media accounts a safe space for all fans.

Hate won’t stop us in our goal of celebrating sport for all and all for sport.

This is what social media users said as Kyle Walker-Peters suffers vile racist abuse online after Southampton draw with Man Utd…

@tone_1995: Disgusting that. They do it to our own players every game as well

@StillNotWitty: Sort your disgusting “fans” out @ManUtd Or does abuse only count when it’s against Rashford?

@BrezzyHayter: Sing his name loud Wednesday!

@liamtribb: @KWPeters doesn’t deserve this ❤️🔴⚪️

@SamSaints_: We stand with you lads ❤️ @KWPeters

@timosullivan81: I don’t expect twitter/ instagram to do anything about it as usual

@jeff_goundry: Do you know – all this actually (in my view) stems from the club being embarrassed that they couldn’t beat the bottom team. What every team needs to accept is that there isn’t much difference with any team in the Premiership.

@MarchingIn_: Would like to see a @ManUtd statement condemning their fans behaviour as well. None of this “not real fans” crap either.

@PapaBravo69: Disgusting behaviour by simple minded people who hide behind a keyboard. Sadly, nothing will happen but it’s important to keep calling it out #standuptoracism

@StillNotWitty: More than one of our players had to suffer yesterday, because some idiots couldn’t accept their team not beating us. It’s time clubs and social media did something about these neanderthals. Over to you @ManUtd @Twitter @instagram

@BenTull2002: @ManUtd – Still waiting for that statement.

@MerlinUnited: Walker-Peters had an amazing game, probably his best this season, he was everywhere.

@TomWhite5379: United fans you are vile. We stand with you boys ❤️

@FullAhBeans: What is wrong with people, we lose nearly every week and are often on the receiving end of more than our fair share of poor decisions but a draw and a couple of less than favourable decisions and these idiots lose their minds posting their backward abuse. Absolute scum.

@AlishaW1709: Strong statement here. Hope Man U take a similar stance against the fans who did this. #SaintsFc

Casemiro was given second red card of the season in goalless draw against bottom-side Southampton.

Both sides came close to scoring as Bruno Fernandes hit the woodwork while Saints smashed it on two occasions; Man Utd stay third in the Premier League as the Saints move two points from 17th.

Player ratings

Man Utd: De Gea (8); Wan-Bissaka (7), Varane (7), Martinez (7), Shaw (7); Casemiro (5), Fernandes (6); Antony (6), Sancho (6), Rashford (6); Weghorst (5).

Subs: McTominay (6), Garnacho (6), Pellistri (6), Fred (n/a), Maguire (n/a).

Southampton: Bazunu (8); Walker-Peters (7), Bednarek (6), Bella-Kotchap (6), Perraud (6); Ward-Prowse (7), Lavia (7); Walcott (6), Alcaraz (6), Sulemana (6); Adams (6).

Subs: S Armstrong (6), A Armstrong (6), Mara (6), Onuachu (n/a)

Player of the match: Gavin Bazunu.

When asked about Casemiro’s sending off, Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag told Sky Sports: “The refereeing has influenced this game and we talk about two issues [Casemiro’s red and no penalty for United].

“Casemiro has played over 500 games in Europe. He never had a red card but now in four or five [Premier League] games he has two red cards.

“We will deal with that but the deal was that this game was influenced by the referee.”

Questioned if United should have been awarded a penalty, he responded: “Definitely. There is no doubt, so I don’t understand why the VAR is not interrupting because previously they did it.”

He added on his side’s performance: “A big compliment to the team. We showed big character when you are a long time with 10 after playing on Thursday.

“This team is fit physically, mentally, so a great performance from our lads and we could’ve won the game.

“We had a good performance today. We know we should’ve won this game but we didn’t. We take that point and we carry on.”

Southampton boss Ruben Selles speaking to Sky Sports: “We are really happy with the performance.

“We are not happy with the point but we are happy with the performance.”

He added in his post-match press conference: “We showed identity, the principles we have in our game and we saw a team working together, wanting to be together, wanting to get something from the game.”

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