Adelaide United youngster Kusini Yengi has received racial abuse on social media after his star turn in the A-League club’s win over Melbourne Victory.
Yengi scored his first A-League goal in the 61st minute and memorably leapt over the advertising boards and celebrated in front of the Victory supporters.
He later set up Stefan Mauk for the Reds’ third goal in the 3-1 comeback win at Marvel Stadium.
Adelaide confirmed the 22-year-old had received racist comments on his Instagram page later on Saturday night.
“We are appalled by the comments made on Kusini’s Instagram account,” Adelaide chief executive Nathan Kosmina said.
“We pride ourselves on inclusivity and diversity, and to have one of our players subjected to racial abuse is immensely upsetting.
“The entire club is behind Kusini and will support him as the matter is investigated further by the League and police.”
Later on Sunday, Victory also condemned the abuse as “incredibly disappointing” and said they would work with Adelaide to investigate.
“Melbourne Victory Football Club does not condone or tolerate racism in any form,” Victory said.
“This club has been built on embracing diversity and sees football as a platform to unite fans no matter what background.
“To see that Kusini Yengi has been subjected to racist online comments overnight is incredibly disappointing and the club has been working with Adelaide United and the relevant authorities to investigate this matter further.”