The racist abuse Axel Tuanzebe and other Manchester United players received last night is disgraceful and unacceptable.
These abusive Instagram posts are another example of discriminatory online abuse of players, and it cannot be allowed to continue.
Where possible, the PFA advises any player who receives online abuse to press charges. We want perpetrators to be held accountable for their online behaviour.
The accounts of those sending the messages must be banned. Their details need to be provided to the appropriate authorities to take further action.
Systemic racism causes trauma, and footballers are not immune by virtue of their profession. Player's mental health can be affected by racial abuse and the impact of wider racial prejudice in society.
Many footballers have spoken out about how the racial abuse they suffered during their careers impacted them. PFA members affected by racism or discrimination can access our wellbeing support, which is available year-round, by calling our dedicated 24/7 helpline on 07500 000 777.