Premier League

Van Aanholt racially abused on Instagram after Man United draw

Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt was subjected to racist abuse on Instagram following Wednesday’s Premier League draw at home to Manchester United.

The Crystal Palace defender, 30, shared a post captioned “Why we kneel” after racist messages were sent to him online.

Van Aanholt is the latest in a growing list of professional footballers to have suffered racist abuse in recent weeks.

In February, Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger and Reece James, Manchester United Women’s Lauren James and Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe were among those to have been targeted on social media platforms.

The increase in online abuse of players has prompted English soccer bodies to put pressure on social media companies to tackle the problem.

Instagram has announced measures to deal with online abuse, including removing accounts of people who send abusive messages, and developing new controls to help reduce the abuse people see.

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