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Blades condemn racist abuse against David McGoldrick

SHEFFIELD UNITED has condemned the racist abuse directed at striker David McGoldrick on social media.

“This cannot continue. Something needs to change,” the club said yesterday.

McGoldrick, who scored twice in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Chelsea, wrote “2020 and this is life” as he shared a message he had been sent in which he was called a “f****** dirty n*****” and told that his life “defo doesnt matter!”

A United tweet said: “As a club we will support David McGoldrick and will do all we can to find the perpetrator of this disgusting message.

“We will work with the relevant authorities to ensure the person behind this post is brought to justice.”

It came a day after West Midlands Police arrested a 12-year-old boy in relation to racist abuse sent to Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha on social media.

Zaha, 27, had posted screenshots on Twitter of messages sent to his Instagram account before Palace’s Premier League fixture at Aston Villa on Sunday.

“You better not score tomorrow you black c***,” one read.

That was followed by a second message referencing the Ku Klux Klan: “Or I’ll come to your house dressed as a ghost.”

On social media yesterday, Zaha thanked the police for taking swift action but said it showed the need for more action against racism in society.

“People need to understand … whatever your age, that your behaviour and your words come with consequences and you cannot hide behind social media.”

“It is not enough to be disgusted by these messages and move on. It is enough to just say #notoracism. We need action, we need education, we need to change.”

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