Fred has responded to the racial abuse he suffered on social media following Manchester United’s FA Cup exit on Sunday.
The Red Devils midfielder was sent monkey emojis after a short back pass allowed Kelechi Iheanacho to take the ball past Dean Henderson to open the scoring for Leicester in a 3-1 win at the King Power Stadium.
He becomes the latest Premier League player to suffer vile abuse with Rhian Brewster, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe, Alexandre Jankewitz, Antonio Rudiger, Reece James and Eddie Nketiah being targeted online.
The Brazilian responded to the comments with a tweet which read: “Social media comments filled with hate and, above all, racism: we cannot feed that culture. We cannot aceppt it. We have to fight it always. We are bigger and better than that. Enough!”
Fred was replaced by Amad Diallo with six minutes remaining in the quarter-final tie as Iheanacho’s brace and a Youri Tielemans goal dumped United out of the competition.
It means the Europa League is United’s only realistic chance to win silverware this season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side 14 points behind Premier League leaders Man City.
Fred was not the only footballer to be subjected to racial abuse over the weekend as Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham suffered the same fate.
The 17-year-old posted a screenshot on Instagram of messages, which showed monkey and faeces emojis.
The caption from Bellingham, who will link up with the England squad on Monday after being given permission to travel by the German government, read: “Just another day on social media…”
Instagram’s owner Facebook announced last month it would impose stricter penalties on perpetrators of abuse, including removing accounts.
Watford captain Troy Deeney believes progress is ‘slowly’ being made in regard to highlighting racist behaviour, but has called for more change.
He told talkSPORT: “Slow progress is better than no progress.
“I’m not in the case of saying we need change, but don’t do anything. We need change, we all need to action it.
“Also, we need to put pressure on other organisations. You look at Tyrone Mings, he did a wonderful interview about players taking the knee.
“If you’re watching at home with a young child, and he says, ‘why do they do that?’ It raises the question. That is what we need to do at an amateur level of education and understanding.
“I was watching the Manchester United vs Southampton game where the young boy (Jankewitz) got sent off after two minutes.
“It was his debut, he got sent off very quickly. Within five minutes in my group chat, everyone was like, ‘I wonder how long until he is racially abused online’.
“We already knew that person is going to get abused, it’s become so normal. He’ll get abused and nothing will happen.
“That can’t be right in any society. We all need to do our part.”