Adelaide United striker Kusini Yengi said his maiden A-League goal was soured by the racial abuse he received on social media after the game.
The 22-year-old came on as a substitute before scoring a goal and setting up another in Adelaide’s 3-1 A-League win at Melbourne Victory on Saturday.
Yengi, whose mother is English and father is South Sudanese, was later subjected to racist abuse on Instagram.
“It took away from a special moment, which was me scoring my first A-League goal, so it’s disappointing,” Yengi said.
“After the game there were a lot of good messages, everyone congratulating me … but obviously a few that were uncomfortable to look at.
“You never get taught how to deal with this type of thing. I saw the messages and tried to move on … but also I would like to speak about it because it’s obviously not right.”
Yengi said more education was needed to eradicate the problem.
“I am not sure really right now what I would like to happen to that person,” he added. “I hope that they learn their lesson if they get caught and someone educates them and … in the future they won’t make these kind of comments.”