Tottenham Hotspur interim head coach, Ryan Mason has now revealed that he received online abuse following his career-ending head injury while playing for Hull City.
Mason came through the academy in North London and eventually broke into the senior team for his boyhood club.
However, the central midfielder eventually moved to Hull in search of more regular football in the Premier League.
Unfortunately, Mason suffered a horrific head injury against Chelsea soon after, fracturing his skull and calling an end to his professional playing career.
Mason then rejoined his former club, Tottenham, as a youth coach and has worked his way up the ranks for the past three years, impressing enough to get the interim head coach role when Jose Mourinho was sacked earlier this month.
As many clubs and media outlets prepare to go on a social media blackout this weekend, Mason opened up on his own experiences with online abuse.
On the blackout, he said (Football London): “I think it’s spot on. I think it’s right that it doesn’t just become about the sporting world.
“It becomes about the world as a whole because social media, they need to put things in place that protects people from certain things and many terrible messages, but also it makes people accountable as well.
“There needs to be a name and a face to anyone who wants to sign up to use these platforms. They need to put something in place that does that.”
On his experiences, he added: ” Yeah. Listen I’d be lying if I said certain comments don’t affect you.
“We’re human beings. I had to zone out of it and had to take myself off social media as a player because I didn’t want to see it.
“Even after I retired I’d get messages about my injury and certain things and you almost think it’s another message and I’ll just ignore it, but these things shouldn’t be acceptable. They aren’t acceptable but they just seem to be ok to happen.
“I think the platforms need to put things in place that hold people accountable for these type of things.”
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