Rugby fans from all over the United Kingdom have rallied behind Leicester Tigers, after the revelation that a number of their players and their families have received abuse from fans on social media.
This came after the Tigers’ loss to Exeter at Welford Road last weekend, and the abusers have subsequently been given a lifetime ban from Leicester’s home ground, something that has received universal acclaim from fans on Twitter.
Leicester are clearly struggling at the moment, but fans have all united in agreeing that there is absolutely no place for abuse. This has also been echoed by some football fans, who have said that they hope their sport would follow the example that Leicester have set.
Rugby prides itself in not having a culture like this, and it has not just been Leicester fans that have branded this behaviour as reprehensible.
This is what the fans have said on Twitter:
No matter how well or bad a team are doing they are a team all teams have ups and downs (I’m a wasps supporter) to abuse anyone is a disgrace especially when those absusing have most likely never even played sport! Keep up the good work Tigers! I hope the abusers are caught! ??
— ? ? ?Penguin Pants ? ?? (@Ascov87) April 10, 2019
Well said from a Saracens supporter. Abuse is never acceptable or warranted. I hope you find them & ban them for life as they not “real” rugby supporters
— Marian Weadick (@MarianEWeadick) April 10, 2019
From a @WaspsRugby supporter, well done. Something needs to be done about these keyboard warriors. No-one deliberately goes into their job to perform badly.
— Barry T Cubitt (@cotswoldsit) April 10, 2019
Well said from a Scarlets fan.
— Sion Edwards (@SionEds) April 10, 2019
This Gloucester fan stands with you in your fight against this unacceptable behaviour. Good luck in catching them and bringing them to justice.
— Car722 (@allenprior) April 10, 2019
From a @Harlequins supporter, well done. You are an incredible club that are much admired from afar, steeped with a rich history of community that has consistently delivered success for club and country. Lifetime bans well deserved for those who don’t understand this.
— Twickerman (@Obvi0us_Tweets) April 10, 2019
@scarlets_rugby supporter here. Just wanted to say well done, there’s no place for that in our beautiful game. I hope they’re all found and punished appropriately x
— Louise_Scarlet ??????????? (@I_bleed_scarlet) April 11, 2019
Every fan has the right to criticise poor performance, but to target abuse is beyond acceptable. We've all had ups and downs, that's the nature of sport. A true fan will support their team through bad times and good. #GlawsFamily
— Lloyd Warren (@LloydieWarren) April 11, 2019
Well said, from an Edinburgh supporter, these people need to be called out. Hope they are dealt with and you guys can focus on the rugby
— susan macdonald (@susanmacdonald3) April 11, 2019
I’m a Chiefs fan and am so sorry that you guys have been abused like this. I watched the game and felt that you played really well at times and I enjoyed watching the rugby that was played. No need for people to be abusive. Some very poor rugby fans (so called) out there.
— Sharon Vaughan (@SharonV73435701) April 10, 2019
Would love to see @Everton take a similar stance when it comes to some of the vile stuff so called fans send to players.
— Leigh Evans (@LeighEvans_2) April 10, 2019
Gloucester fan here, im shocked, saddened and hurt by the comments made against your players and thier families. I hope you find the trolls and punish them severley..with you all the way on this as this isnt wanted in our sport.
— wayne brown (@bigdub0_0) April 11, 2019
There was some relief for Leicester on Friday night after defeating Newcastle Falcons on the road.
It was a much-needed boost following their 52-20 loss to the Chiefs weekend before which was a humbling experience.
Their fortunes this season are a far cry from the Leicester of old, who have been one of English rugby’s powerhouses for many years. However, regardless of the team’s performances, there is absolutely no excuse for the abuse that has been sent the players’ way, and the support for the way Leicester have handled this has been huge, and a greater reflection of what rugby is about.
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