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Twitter to meet Man Utd over Pogba online abuse

Twitter has said it will hold face-to-face talks with Manchester United after Paul Pogba was racially abused on social media.

Old Trafford officials were sickened by comments directed at the midfielder after he missed a penalty in Monday night’s 1-1 draw at Wolves.

United said in a statement: ‘The individuals who expressed these views do not represent the values of our great club and it is encouraging to see the vast majority of our fans condemn this.

‘We will work to identify the few involved in these incidents and take the strongest course of action available to us.

‘We also encourage social media companies to take action.’

Several of Pogba’s team-mates criticised the abuse, while England women’s manager Phil Neville called for football stars in the Premier League to ‘boycott social media’.

Twitter said in a statement: ‘We have always maintained an open and healthy dialogue with our partners in this space, but we know we need to do more to protect our users.

‘Racist behaviour has no place on our platform and we strongly condemn it.

‘Over the the next few weeks, Twitter representatives will meet with Manchester United, and any other stakeholders interested in hearing about the proactive work Twitter is doing to address online racist abuse towards certain footballers.

‘To this end, we look forward to working more closely with our partners to develop shared solutions to this issue.’