Sheffield United have condemned racist abuse directed at Republic of Ireland international striker David McGoldrick on social media.
McGoldrick scored twice in Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League win over Chelsea, a result which leaves the Blades seventh in the standings after the weekend action.
McGoldrick posted the racist abuse on his Instagram story with the caption '2020 and this is life'.
As a club we will support David McGoldrick and will do all we can to find the perpetrator of this disgusting message.
We will work with the relevant authorities to ensure the person behind this post is brought to justice.
This cannot continue. Something needs to change. pic.twitter.com/z94kfClCCe
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) July 13, 2020
The horrific message McGoldrick revealed that was sent to him read:
"You f***ing dirty n*****! Your n*****life defo doesnt matter! F*ck you ya bold c**n.
"WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOU PLAYED MANURE YOU F**KING SH*T APE"
In a statement posted on social media, Sheffield United said they condemned the racist abuse to the highest degree.
"As a club we will support David McGoldrick and will do all we can to find the perpetrator of this disgusting message.
"We will work with the relevant authorities to ensure the person behind this post is brought to justice.
"This cannot continue. Something needs to change."
This comes just a day after West Midlands Police arrested a 12-year-old boy in relation to racist abuse sent to Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha.
Woke up to this today. pic.twitter.com/Zal0F96htJ
— Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) July 12, 2020
Palace boss Roy Hodgson supported Zaha coming public with the abuse he had received, when speaking after their 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa yesterday.
"It's been highlighted at the moment anyway with the Black Lives Matter movement and everyone seems to be making such an effort to eradicate this behaviour.
"It is very saddening on the day of a game that a player wakes up to this cowardly and despicable abuse.
"I think it is right that Wilf made people aware of it; I don't think it is something he should keep quiet about.
"I think it is very good that our club, Aston Villa and the Premier League are doing everything they can to find out who this despicable individual is and one can only hope that they will get identified and they will get called to account and they will pay for these actions.
"There is literally no excuse; there is no excuse at all."