Barcelona 3 – Manchester United 0
Barcelona cruised through to the Champions League semifinals on Tuesday against Man United.
Ashley Young was named United captain at the Camp Nou as the veteran started at left-back. Luke Shaw was suspended.
Unfortunately for Young, he was at fault for Barca’s opener.
Leo Messi robbed the ball off Young, and seconds later Messi curled a stunner past David De Gea.
Four minutes later Messi doubled Barcelona’s lead. Philippe Coutinho scored a third for the Catalans just after the hour mark.
Ashley Young subjected to online racist abuse
Ashley Young has been subjected to racist abuse online after the Barcelona game.
Kick It Out have flagged up a series of tweets in which Young was targeted with the deplorable n-word. They’ve asked publicly:
Again, we’re left asking @TwitterUK the same question – when will you take serious action to tackle the rampant discrimination on your platform?
— Hugh Woozencroft (@HughWoozencroft) April 16, 2019
Yet another black player, this time Ashley Young, targeted with racist abuse on social media after tonight’s Champions League game.
— Kick It Out (@kickitout) April 16, 2019
Guardian on racism in football
This week the Guardian podcast ‘Today in Focus’ looked into racism in modern day football.
Sadly there’s been long list of high profile incidents in the professional game this season.
The most well-known was the abuse Man City’s Raheem Sterling faced at Chelsea, while England’s black footballers were targeted in a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro.
However, as the Guardian revealed, some of the incidents at the grass-roots level of the game in England are even more troubling.