Brighton player Aaron Connolly deletes his Twitter account following abuse during his side’s win against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.
The Republic of Ireland international closed his social media down after receiving abusive messages after the Sunday night clash.
Brighton came out victorious, winning the game 1-0 but, however The Athletic reports that the 21-year-old was attacked online for missing a goal chance.
The criticism came after Connolly had a shot blocked by Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld late on in the game, with Brighton already in the lead by that point.
A huge amount of the criticism was reported to have come from punters who had staked money on the result of the Premier League clash.
It was also reported that Connolly took a call from a club staff member who checked on his wellbeing following the vile abuse, something the punters clearly had no intention of thinking about.
Connolly scored twice so far the 2020/21 season and recently came back from a hamstring injury he ended up picking up after scoring in a 3-3 draw with Wolves in January.
Brighton manager Graham Potter recently backed the young attacker to kick on in the remainder of the Premier League season.
Potter said: “He has got some really good attributes, he is exciting and we believe in him but at the same time he is young and learning to be a Premier League player, a Premier League goalscorer.
“He has been a little bit unlucky with injuries and one or two things but that is part of life as a footballer.”
His Instagram account is also no longer active, which really goes to show how much this ordeal has affected him.
Two years ago, non league outfit South Shields issued a statement, telling it like it is after they suffered abuse from gamblers betting on them.
The Mariners drew 3-3 against Bamber Bridge on one Saturday afternoon in February 2019, however following the result, a message was posted by a potential punter.
It read: “I hope your whole team dies today for that 3-3 you idiots”.
South Shields’s wrote in the description of their post: “Do we really need to receive messages like this when we do not win a game of football?
“It’s a game of football, after all. Thankfully this didn’t come from a Shields fan – just someone who may have bet on us to win, we suspect – but it’s not the first time.
Do we really need to receive messages like this when we do not win a game of football? 🤷♂️
It’s a game of football,…
If you need some help with your depression or gambling addiction, here’s some information rather than taking out your anger on a player who receives your tweets and messages of hate…
– National Gambling Helpline Freephone 0808 8020 133
8am-midnight 7 days a week
www.nhs.uk/Livewell/addiction/Pages/gamblingaddiction.aspx (includes a short questionnaire, self-help tips and numbers)
– Samaritans 116 123
24 hours, 7 days a week
– Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men
Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day
– Childline – for children and young people under 19
Call 0800 1111 – the number won’t show up on your phone bill
Fans reacted after seeing that Brighton player Aaron Connolly deletes his Twitter account…
@nleaney: Doesn’t matter what your colour, age, gender, religion, sexuality etc is. Abuse is abuse and it must not be tolerated
@chopperchapman2: It’s very sad but understandable why Aaron has decided to delete his Twitter account. Personally it really cheered me up the other day when he retweeted his parents proud comments. Chin up Aaron you are loved by all genuine fans. Chappers.
@881the: If you are a gambler and abuse players/clubs because your bet doesn’t land perhaps you need to take a wee look at your habit… maybe you are letting gambling get out of control!
@Footbal89816654: Football promotes gambling at every chance, it was always going to happen.
@RaddReynolds: Until Twitter makes you prove your identity before creating an account, this will never change.
@Spursylad10: Maybe he could’ve hit it better but I like the commentators just recognised that it was just a case of outstanding defending. People are so silly.
@tonymgc: The strangest thing was all the people having a go at him about his hair. Who gives a shit what he does with his hair he’s a 21 year old kid
@Bensbrazzers: Hate to see it but all of us fans need to get on his side I’m glad our fanbase wasn’t the reason tho would hate if it was
@Hotchi1idog: That is disgusting. Full solidarity with Aaron.
@rlaingalbion: Shocking. I don’t know what’s wrong with some people, just no need for it.
@matt8284: Hang on, people put a bet on something they can never hope to control, a normal occurance happens on the pitch and someone gets abused so badly over it they have to come offline? What the hell?!!
@Bandiera77: The maddest thing is Brighton winning was already an unlikely occurrence. These pondscum were betting on Brighton winning 2-0. They deserve to have lost their money
@Sugante123 as the Brighton player deletes his Twitter account: Embarrassing this needs to stop
@NigelTDyer: Would not of come from real supporters. Sad nonetheless
@milespope92: The People abusing him need to be the ones who have their accounts deleted not the player himself. Disgraceful
@grahamhodgkin: Pathetic behaviour. Had the pleasure of meeting Aaron recently whilst out walking. Delightful young man with a very bright future ahead. Don’t blame him for ditching social media! @bhafc
@DarrenJamesHard: Absolutely horrific situation, 21 years old & subjected to so much abuse he deletes his account. I hope he knows real fans don’t do this.
@bhafcnozzaa: he’s only 21 aswell, just not needed.