Manchester United winger Anthony Elanga was subjected to online racist abuse after the FA Cup penalty shootout loss to Middlesbrough on Friday.
A spokesperson for Meta, the company which owns Instagram, where the abuse took place, said it has already removed a number of comments on Elanga’s page and its investigation is ongoing.
Elanga missed the decisive penalty in a 7-8 shootout defeat to Middlesbrough as United suffered a shock cup exit after the match ended 1-1 following extra-time at Old Trafford.
“No young man goes up to take a penalty and means to miss it,” said Sky Sports expert Clinton Morrison.
“He’s been good for them, and has stood up for them over the last few weeks.
“It infuriates me – what is the point of someone racially abusing Elanga? The kid was devastated when he came off, he already knows he’s missed a crucial penalty. But don’t talk about the colour of his skin.
“We are all human beings here. We’re all together.
“Once he crosses that white line, he’s trying to give 100 per cent.
“What do people do? They go and pick on the youngster because of the colour of his skin.
“I’m sick and tired of it.”