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Ilaix Moriba receives racist abuse online amid Barcelona contract talks

Another shameful incident

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Barcelona midfielder Ilaix Moriba has revealed he has received racist abuse online as he continues contract negotiations with the Catalan giants over a new deal.

The 18-year-old published a video on TikTok where he shows some of the messages he has received. Moriba shakes his head and adds the caption, “Seriously?”

Barca shared the video with a strong message of support for the midfielder.

Moriba is sadly not the first footballer to be targeted in this way. Most recently, England trio Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka suffered online abuse after missing penalties in the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy. Five people were subsequently arrested following an investigation into the incident.

Moriba has been in talks with Barcelona over a new deal as his current contract expires next summer. According to reports, both parties are yet to come to an agreement and more talks are scheduled for later this week.

A report in Mundo Deportivo on Tuesday says there is “optimism” that a deal can be reached, and coach Ronald Koeman is hoping to be able to include the youngster in his squad that is due to fly out to Germany this week.