Aurelien Tchouameni, Kingsley Coman and Randal Kolo Muani were racially insulted with vile social media posts following France’s World Cup final defeat to Argentina… as Instagram claims they ‘removed the posts’
Three French players were racially insulted on social media following their World Cup final defeat to Argentina.
Aurelien Tchouameni, Kingsley Coman and Randal Kolo Muani, who all played in the finals, were subjected to vicious messages on their accounts, as reported by The athletic.
Tchouameni and Coman missed penalties in the shootout, while Kolo Muani missed a chance to win the match in extra time.
Aurelien Tchouameni was racially abused online after missing a penalty kick in the World Cup final
The trio received messages with banana and monkey emojis.
Meta, owner of Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp, condemned the abusive posts and said the posts had been removed.
A spokesperson for Meta told The Athletic: “We don’t want racist abuse on Instagram and we’ve removed the disgusting comments for breaking our rules.
We also want to help prevent people from having to see this abuse in the first place, so we developed Hidden Words, a feature that filters offensive comments and DMs, and Limits, which hides comments and DMs from people who don’t. are you not following, or have you only recently followed.
Randal Kolo Muani who missed a chance in extra time also faced racial abuse online
Kingsley Coman was also racially abused online after his missed penalty against Argentina
“We’ve been in direct contact with players and their teams, including since yesterday’s final, to provide them with support and help them enable these tools.”
Real Madrid’s Tchouameni has limited comments on his Instagram posts. Kolo Muani of Eintracht Frankfurt has eliminated them. Coman, from Bayern Munich, is still accepting comments.
The abuse the French players have received is similar to what happened after England’s loss to Italy on penalties in last year’s Euro 2020 final.
After that match, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, who all missed penalties, were racially abused online.