Anthony Martial’s wife, Melanie, has revealed the United forward received death threats and racist abuse in the wake of their defeat to Sheffield United this week.
After United’s 2-1 loss at Old Trafford on Wednesday, Martial and Axel Tuanzebe received several racist replies to posts they made on Instagram.
Manchester United’s players hit back at the abuse their teammates received, including skipper Harry Maguire who posted on Twitter: ‘UNITED against racism. We will not tolerate it.’
United star McTominay posted a photo on Instagram of Tuanzebe with a crown on his head and he added the message: ‘My brother. Disgusted with what I have read this morning.’
But Melanie Martial has now shared the abusive messages she has received on Instagram, with one user telling her to instruct the player to leave Manchester ‘or we’re gonna get him killed’.
Another message from the same user also sent a threatening message to her which included a reference to their two-year-old son Swan.
In their response to the abuse, the Red devils urged social media platforms to use tougher measures to tackle the current issue.
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‘Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse received by players via social media after last night’s game,’ a statement from United read.
‘We utterly condemn it and it is encouraging to see other fans condemn this on social media also.
‘Manchester United has zero tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination and a long-standing commitment to campaigning against it through our All Red All Equal initiative.
‘Identifying these anonymous mindless idiots remains problematic. We urge social media platforms and regulatory authorities to strengthen measures to prevent this kind of behaviour.’