'People Were Saying They're Going To Come To My House' - Declan Rice Reveals Online Threats After En

'People Were Saying They're Going To Come To My House' - Declan Rice Reveals Online Threats After En

'People were saying they're going to come to my house' - Declan Rice reveals online threats after England switch - Independent.ie

'People were saying they're going to come to my house' - Declan Rice reveals online threats after England switch

10.9.2019

'People were saying they're going to come to my house' - Declan Rice reveals online threats after England switch

Declan Rice has revealed his switch from the Republic of Ireland to England led to threats against him and his family - something manager Gareth Southgate always feared could happen.

Rice won his fourth England cap in Saturday's s 4-0 defeat of Bulgaria and the change of nationality did not go down well with some, leading to some vitriolic online abuse.

"There's a few bits I could go into, but I don't need to go into it, threats to my family, threats to me.

"It was tough, there has been some abuse, it was more for my mum and dad really.

In this social media era of faceless accounts and unfiltered opinions, Southgate anticipated some vicious, unhinged responses heading Rice's way.

"I never pushed because I suspected that this would be part of the consequences of that. I think he has dealt with everything incredibly maturely.

The control and protection, or rather lack thereof, on social media platforms is a hot topic right now given racist abuse aimed at the likes of Paul Pogba, Tammy Abraham and Kurt Zouma.

"It's outrageous, even with the racism thing," he said.

Read more: Independent.ie

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