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    Tweets of Support Flood in as Man Utd's Paul Pogba Racially Abused Online Over Penalty Miss

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    Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba missed a crucial penalty that could have given his team a 2-1 lead against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night, and was immediately attacked by vile Twitter users.

    Paul Pogba has become the subject of racist abuse online since he had a second-half penalty saved during Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Wolves on 19 August.

    Some Twitterians used the N-word and other derogatory terms to call out the Frenchman, who has become the third player in a week to have racist slurs directed at him on social media following a penalty miss.

    Many users jumped to his defence, saying that people can be angry with Pogba "without resorting to racism", which they dismissed as "absolutely disgusting":

    While it remains to be seen whether the comments against Pogba will be investigated, Chelsea FC released a strongly worded statement following a similar situation involving its striker Tammy Abraham, who missed a decisive spot-kick in the UEFA Super Cup final shootout against Liverpool.

    "We are disgusted with the abhorrent posts we have seen on social media. Chelsea FC finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour unacceptable. It has no place at this club and where there is clear evidence of Chelsea season ticket holders or members involved in such behavior, we will take the strongest possible action against them".

    Blues' manager Frank Lampard added that he was "disgusted" by the abuse targeting the 21-year-old striker, and suggested that social media platforms must do more to tackle such situations.

    Reading FC striker Yakou Meite also called out racist abuse sent to him on Instagram after he missed a 91st-minute penalty against Cardiff City on Sunday. The footballer posted a screenshot of the message, with the caption, "I don't think I need to speak".

    Reading FC then took to Twitter to support the 23-year-old Ivory Coast international:

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