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Southampton works with police after Alex Jankewitz suffered racist abuse online

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Southampton have contacted Hampshire Police following the “heinous and archaic” racist abuse Alex Jankewitz received on social media following the Saints’ loss to Manchester United.

The teenage midfielder was sent off two minutes after his Premier League debut at Old Trafford for a tall order against Scott McTominay.

Southampton went on to suffer a 9-0 defeat – the heaviest loss in Premier League history – Jan Bednarek also seeing red for the Saints in the later stages of the second half.

Alex Jankewitz, Mike Dean
Jankewitz saw red for his challenge on McTominay | Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

The Saints have revealed that Jankewitz has since been the victim of racist abuse on social media, but the club is working with police to punish those responsible.

“Southampton Football Club can confirm that they have identified a number of social media posts directing racial abuse against our 19-year-old midfielder Alex Jankewitz, following last night’s result at Manchester United”, one reads in a press release from Southampton.

“Abuse in any form will never be tolerated at Southampton. Our club prides itself on its inclusive nature, and supporters who bow to such odious and archaic standards are not welcome as supporters of Southampton, or anywhere else in football.

“The club will continue to fight every day to remove these people from our sport and our community in order to protect our players, staff, Southampton supporters and football fans around the world who recognize and celebrate the diversity that makes the special football.

“The club are forwarding all abusive messages to the Hampshire Police and hope to be able to permanently remove these people from our football community.”

Countless players have been the victims of racist abuse on social media this season, which has led to calls for stricter guidelines on who can access social media platforms. Manchester United trio Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe and Cyrus Christie of Fulham have all suffered similar abuse in the past month alone.

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