Thursday 23 January 2020

Lamps lashes out at Tam' Twitter trolls

Tammy Abraham
Tammy Abraham

Frank Lampard insists social media sites must do more to weed out online trolls after Tammy Abraham received racist abuse following the Super Cup defeat to Liverpool.

The England international saw his penalty saved in the shoot-out in Istanbul on Wednesday night and was targeted on Twitter as a result.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Premier League visit of Leicester, Lampard spoke out about the incident and said he was left "disgusted" by one particular post.

"Obviously Tammy is disappointed," he said. "Who wouldn't be? He's more than disappointed, that's probably the wrong word. I am particularly disgusted by the (one) so-called Chelsea fan.

"Tammy Abraham asked me to take the fifth penalty because he wanted to take it, wanted to stand up and be brave on a big night when the world is watching.

"Within moments or hours afterwards, somebody sitting behind a keyboard or a phone has said the most disgusting things possible.

"I don't know how these platforms are allowed that you can do it.

"The club does a lot of work against discrimination of all levels and it is a setback when these things happen."

"I have spoken with Tammy, he is a strong character," added Lampard. "I love his character and he is infectious around the place.

"It will be a test of his character that he doesn't need but he has got great character.

"I think Tammy is always desperate to score, that is one of the things I love about him.

"He is hungry, he wants to score in training, in five-a-sides, in shooting practice - but he needs to be relaxed at the same time as that."

While it remains to be seen if Abraham comes back into the team for Lampard's first home game in charge, he has Antonio Rudiger and Willian back in contention after the pair returned to training.

After two defeats in his opening two competitive games in charge, Chelsea's all-time record goalscorer will be hoping his first outing at Stamford Bridge can lead to a positive outcome.

"I'm proud to manage this club," he said. "I've been back a few times and had great support so it will be an emotional, special day for me but the important thing is that we win the game.

"There were good parts of the Man United game that got lost in the result but not lost on me - against Liverpool, we played one of the top teams in the world and really matched them."

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