Leicester Tigers have reported social media abuse aimed at their players to police and have vowed that it they discover the true identity of the posters they will ban them from life from Welford Road.
The relegation-threatened club claimed the malicious content aimed at their players related to their last match against Exeter.
Due to what they believe to be not only vile and disgusting personal abuse of players, but also their families, Tigers have been in contact with the social media platforms and the police and have reported this as a crime, adding that abusers will receive a lifetime ban.
Tigers head of brand, Chris Rose, stated: “The club is in no way above criticism… everybody at the club accepts that we are not where want to be at the moment. We are all accountable for that and are working tirelessly to get better.
“As the face of the club, the players may well receive the brunt of what is out there, but what we see week in, week out is a huge amount of blood, sweat and tears from our men.
In response to the recent "abuse" of players and their family members on social media, the club has issued a statement including comments from club captain Tom Youngs and head of brand Chris Rose.
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— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) April 10, 2019
“Every person at the club finds it an honour to work at Welford Road and so accept all opinions on how we are doing our jobs for our supporters, but when this tips over into foul abuse the club will do everything in its power to make sure people that believe that is acceptable behaviour are found and dealt with.
“There is no place in society or the Tigers Family for this, let alone in our sport which prides itself on the family-friendly nature of the game.
“We encourage any supporters that have any information that could be relevant to contact the club or Leicestershire Police and help us make a stand against anyone having to receive these kind of messages.”
?? “I thought Exeter were very, very good, let’s give them some credit. They are top of the league for a reason, but we will have to be a lot better next week.”
— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) April 8, 2019
One of several players to have family members targeted in posts on their personal social media channels, Leicester captain Tom Youngs said: “It isn’t a new thing for players at Tigers and in all sports to be criticised for performances that fans don’t believe are good enough.
“At the moment, we have not been good enough and accept that it means a lot to our supporters, who are entitled to have their say on our performances.
“However, no family members are deserving of being pulled into that criticism and nothing of the sort myself and players have received in recent weeks is appropriate, ever.”
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