Fulham defender Cyrus Christie has opened up on the racist abuse he has received as a footballer – revealing a ‘supporter’ once started a petition to get him lynched.
Christie, 27, admits players are abused far more than they let on, with only the occasional message shared with the public – as there is no point pursuing abusers as nothing gets done.
Earlier this season Christie hit the headlines when he accused one of his own Fulham supporters of hitting and racially abusing his sister during the Cottagers’ defeat by Barnsley.
The defender wrote on Twitter after the Championship opener: “To the Fulham fan that decided to hit my sister at the game today and his wife who justified his action with racist remarks I hope your proud of yourself and feel like a big man. You’ll get what’s coming to you.
“Regardless how you felt about the result your actions are shameful.”
Christie was not the subject of abuse in that incident, but he’s no stranger to racism having been targeted throughout his entire career.
And even being targeted by his own supporters is something Christie has had to endure previously – as one Ireland fan called for his lynching after the right-back scored an own goal in an eventual 5-1 defeat to Denmark which resulted in the Boys in Green failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
“The club have contact a contact at Twitter and Facebook, so they speak to them and the police will have a connecting role. But they’re useless – they don’t do anything.
“I’ve had so many things but nothing’s been done, so I can understand why people don’t pursue things, because you nothing is going to happen.
“It was clear as daylight, some of the stuff. I had one guy send me four black people hanging from a tree, with ‘you’re next’ – saying they are going to kill me.
“And there’s a picture and names there, but…
“If I was to put out everything I got people would be surprised. You say the odd thing now and again – I’ll bring up the odd one – and people are like, ‘rise above it’ and ‘why are you giving them airtime?’.
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“I’m trying to put it out there to show this is what goes on.
“I had a thing with 15 posts on Instagram and five comments minimum were racist – 15 posts straight, and I’m posting once a week on average so that is a couple of months.
“You can just understand why players don’t bother.
“I had the whole thing with a guy who did a petition to get me lynched. His name was there as well and they did nothing about it.
“I sat there for two hours trying to explain to them and they were like, ‘we don’t understand how this could happen, people aren’t that racist’.”