Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba says racist abuse “can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation”.
The France World Cup winner was racially abused on social media after his penalty miss at Wolves on Monday.
Several of Pogba’s team-mates criticised the abuse, while England women’s manager Phil Neville called for footballers to “boycott” social media.
“Racist insults are ignorance,” said 26-year-old Pogba.
In a message on Twitter, accompanied by a photograph showing him holding his baby alongside portraits of his late father Fassou Antoine and civil rights activist Martin Luther King, he added: “My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football.”