Following Crystal Palace’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Wednesday evening, Patrick van Aanholt became the first Premier League footballer to face racial violence on social media.
After missing a late chance to score in the goalless draw at Selhurst Park, the Dutch left-back announced he received an offensive message on Instagram.
It comes after a string of recent incidents on social media in which BAME footballers have been subjected to racial abuse.
“Why we kneel,” Van Aanholt wrote alongside a screenshot of the violence he got.
This is about Premier League players kneeling before every game since the coronavirus prompted the suspension of English top-flight football last summer.
His Palace teammate Christian Benteke denounced the violence on social media, writing: “I’m tired of it. There is still work to be done. We’ve got your back, bro.”
Racism online is becoming more prevalent in the Premier League, with players reporting bullying from individuals hiding behind anonymous accounts.
Players like Antonio Rudiger, Reece James, Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe, and Willian have all been targeted recently.
Meanwhile, West Bromwich Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers received a racist message after his team’s loss to Manchester City, which resulted in the arrest of a 49-year-old man in January 2021.
After losing a game of FIFA, teenager Patrick O’Brien was found to have racially abused former Arsenal player Ian Wright via direct messages on Instagram.