S’pore fans chastised for booing Ashley Young during Manchester United match, one fan used ‘N-word’
Young was booed from the get-go.
Manchester United and Inter Milan played their hearts out in the International Champions Cup at the Singapore Sports Hub on Saturday, July 20.
Mason Greenwood showed just why he’s so hyped among the Manchester United faithful, and new (and very expensive) signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka looked really good as well.
— susparl (@susparl) July 20, 2019
Also there was a real sweet proposal that took place at half-time.
Here’s something less awww.
After the game, several foreign journalists and fans took umbrage at the boos that followed one Manchester United player around.
Young, 34, is a winger who has been primarily played as right-back for the past few seasons.
He is also one of the front-runners to be captain next season.
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Some fans might have felt Young failed to impress while playing heavy minutes last season.
Perhaps it was these residual negative feelings that prompted a large segment of the crowd at the stadium to boo him.
The chorus of boos, however, rubbed many sports journalists the wrong way.
Ashley Young's name booed when it is read out at the Singapore National Stadium 👀 #MUFC
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) July 20, 2019
Ashley Young getting booed by a lot of United fans out here. Pathetic.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) July 20, 2019
It wasn’t just journalists either.
Some Singaporean fans even took to Young’s comment section on Facebook to apologise for the behaviour of the booers at the stadium.
Although some did feel that fans were entitled to their opinions.
One fan’s reaction though drew universal condemnation.
A supporter could be heard using the N-word while Young was taking the free kick that would ultimately lead to the game’s only goal.
A United fan says 'Ashley Young N****r' and then celebrates Greenwood's goal moments later. They're a shameless bunch 😭pic.twitter.com/d9LLmVEf5C
— Ahmed (@FtblAhmed) July 20, 2019
He immediately celebrated afterwards.
The N-word, of course, is a really loaded term with an absolutely abominable history behind it, primarily across the Atlantic in the United States — making it a tough word to stomach, especially when a black player is involved.
Although football clubs in Britain are not known to use that particular word in recent times, the word was most notoriously heavily used against West Brom player Cyrille Regis during the late-70s and early-80s.
The usage of the word was heavily criticised by Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans alike.
Image from Young’s Facebook and Twitter