Alex Iwobi on unacceptable racist abuse, playing wing-back and Everton’s plan to stop Bruno Fernandes in Manchester United clash

Everton’s Alex Iwobi believes the racist abuse footballers continue to receive demands greater education and more serious repercussions.
Manchester United trio Axel Tuanzebe, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been among numerous Premier League stars to reveal vile racist messages sent to them online in recent weeks.
Tuanzebe was not the only player to receive messages like this
Platforms such as Twitter and Instagram make it too easy for fans to get away with racially abusing players – and Iwobi joins the calls for more action from social media companies.
But responsibility starts with the individuals and their unacceptable attitudes, which is why the Nigerian highlights the need for greater education to stop racists from staining both football and greater society.
“There’s always negativity that comes across on my Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or whatever I use. It’s not a nice feeling when you see it,” the 24-year-old told talkSPORT.
“Everyone deals with it differently. When I was younger, I used to pay attention to negativity, but I’ve come to a stage where I ignore it now.
Iwobi has been forced to block out abuse on social mediaGetty Images – Getty
“I just focus on what I need to do, but for others its harder. It’s not nice.
“Especially the racist abuse. You feel like we’re all one race and we’re trying to kick it out, there’s so much we’re trying to do – whether it’s going on one knee or the Kick It Out foundation.
“To see that it’s still there, it’s a shame that it’s ruining our sport and ruining our communities.
“There should be repercussions that if you say something that shouldn’t be said, it should be punished. People should be educated. It’s unacceptable.”
Iwobi is a regular for Everton under AncelottiGetty Images – Getty
On the pitch, Iwobi and Everton host Manchester United this Saturday – live on talkSPORT – in a clash which sees two high-flying sides go head-to-head.
Victory would see the Toffees take a huge step towards the Champions League places – but Iwobi knows they must stop the rampant Bruno Fernandes to have any chance.
Iwobi added: “Going off the back of some great wins, we’re very confident. We got a result at Leicester away.
“If we want to compete for the Europa League or Champions League spots, we have to play against teams like Man United and get a good result.
“The amount of goals and assists he [Fernandes] gets, and the chances he creates – he’s a positive player, I have to give it to him. He always wants to make something happen.
“I’m sure we’ll have something in mind to try and keep him quiet.”
Fernandes has 12 goals and nine assists in the Premier League this seasonGetty Images – Getty
Iwobi refuses to divulge any specifics, but nothing is off the table for Carlo Ancelotti this season when it comes to tactics.
The former Arsenal winger has even been deployed at right-wing-back, adding a defensive dimension to the forward’s game this season.
“I want to get more goals and assists, but my main goal is to help the team,” he added.
“If I’m able to get a goal or an assist, then that’s a bonus. But it’s always 100% for the team.
“Anywhere I’m told to play, whether it’s in goal, left-wing-back, striker – I’ll try my best to do a job!”

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