Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has condemned the social media abuse that has been aimed at his family and believes such vile messages are ‘killing football’.
The Swiss has been no stranger to online abuse, claiming that he received personal threats and disgusting messages directed at his family from trolls after a Premier League match against Crystal Palace in October 2019.
The 28-year-old reacted to jeers from the crowd as he was being substituted by appearing to tell the fans to ‘f*** off’ and cupping his ear in response to being booed as he left the pitch at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has condemned the social media abuse aimed at his family
Xhaka and his family were targeted after he reacted angrily to fans booing him in a game against Crystal Palace in October 2019
He apologised for the incident on Instagram a few days later but laid out that his wife Leonita – who is currently pregnant with their second child – and baby girl Ayana were also targets of the abuse.
UK tech firm Signify also revealed earlier this month that haters – some which identified as Arsenal supporters and season-ticket holders – piled in to Xhaka online…