Wigan Athletic respond to 'threatening, distasteful and vile messages' received

Wigan Athletic have 'strongly condemned' the abuse received by a number of their players following Saturday's 1-0 victory over Portsmouth.

Sunday, 29th August 2021, 11:59 am
Updated Sunday, 29th August 2021, 12:00 pm
James McClean in action against Portsmouth

Latics moved up to fourth place in the fledgling League One table thanks to Callum Lang's 78th-minute goal.

But the day was soured by a number of messages received by their players in the immediate aftermath.

One of the players, James McClean, took the decision to make the abuse he received public.

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At the bottom, he expressed his desire to spend 'a couple of minutes alone' with the perpetrator, presumably to discuss the content.

And it transpires McClean was not the only player targeted for abuse.

"The threatening, distasteful and vile messages a number of players were subject to is completely unacceptable," said chief executive Mal Brannigan.

"All messaging has been reported to the relevant authorities with the intention that the instigators will be held accountable for their actions.

“The club has offered support to the players who have been subject to these messages.

“As a club we back calls from the football authorities for real-life consequences for those found to be sending abuse of any form via social media.

“Online abuse must stop now."

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