After Tuesday’s loss to Manchester United, Southampton condemned the “abhorrent” racist abuse aimed at midfielder Alex Jankewitz on social media and are liaising with police.
Within 90 seconds of his first start on Tuesday night, the 19-year-old was sent off, with Saints going on to fall to a record-equivalent 9-0 Premier League defeat by Manchester United.
Subsequently, Jankewitz became the latest in a string of players to be subjected to sickening online abuse, with monkey emojis and racist social media terms directed at him.
A statement from the club read: “Southampton Football Club can confirm that our 19-year-old midfielder Alex Jankewitz, following the result at Manchester United last night, has identified some posts on social media directing racial abuse.”
In Southampton, abuse in any form will never be tolerated.
Our club prides itself on its inclusive nature, and as supporters of Southampton or anywhere else in football, supporters who stoop to such abhorrent and archaic standards are not welcome.
To protect our players, our staff, Southampton fans, and football supporters around the world who recognize and celebrate the diversity that makes football special, the club will continue to fight every day to remove such individuals from our sport and our community.
The club is transmitting to the Hampshire Police all abusive messages and hopes that they can permanently remove those people from our football community.”