Maguire calls for social media companies to verify users

Manchester United's Paul Pogba reacts after his penalty was saved by Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Rui Patricio during the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has called on social media companies to require users to verify their identities after teammate Paul Pogba was targeted on Twitter with racial abuse.

Racially offensive tweets about Pogba were posted after his penalty kick was saved in United's 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Monday.

The 20-time English champions say they "encourage social media companies to take action in these cases."

Maguire tweeted that "every account that is opened should be verified by a passport/driving license. Stop these pathetic trolls making numerous accounts to abuse people."

Former United defender Phil Neville, who coaches the England women's national team, called for a six-month boycott of social media companies, saying he had "lost total faith."

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Updated August 20, 2019