Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford said on Thursday that he was facing “at least 70 racial slanders” on social media after losing his team on penalties to Villarreal in the Europa League final.
Villarreal won their first big trophy 11-10 on penalties after a 1-1 draw after extra time in the final on Wednesday.
“At least 70 racial slanders have been reported on my social accounts so far,” Rashford wrote on Twitter less than 90 minutes after the game ended. “For those who work to make me feel worse than what I’m already doing, good luck trying.”
Rashford added that he was “outraged” that a “mountain of monkey emoticons” had been sent to him in a message from a person using a profile that identified them as a teacher.
In January, police in Britain investigated abuses on social media targeting a number of United players. Rashford and two teammates said they were targeted.
“Yes, I am black and I live every day proud to be,” he wrote at the time. “No one or no comment will make me feel any different. I’m so sorry, if you’re looking for a strong reaction, you just won’t get it here. “
English football clubs and players boycotted social media for four days in April and May to protest racist abuse and demanded more action from the companies that run the platforms. Data from other sports, including Formula One champion Louis Hamilton and the International Tennis Federation, also joined the boycott.