'A lot of hate': Andy Robertson opens up on his 2019 'disaster' that he sees as a major problem in football
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'A lot of hate': Andy Robertson opens up on his 2019 'disaster' that he sees as a major problem in football

Andy Robertson has talked about the reaction to his mistake vs Napoli in 2019. It’s something that he feels very strongly about.

Back in late 2019, Liverpool were hoping to capitalise on their incredible Champions League win earlier in the year and win it again. It felt very possible, too, as their early season form was sensational. The Reds looked like strong favourites to win everything, in fact.

That’s not to say they didn’t have struggles, though. Liverpool would remain unbeaten in the Premier League until 2020 but their Champions League form wasn’t great. The worst of it was arguably a 2-0 defeat against Napoli where the Reds just didn’t get going.

The first goal came as a result of Andy Robertson making a mistake to give away a penalty. Dries Mertens converted it in the 82nd minute and Napoli went on to grab a late second.

It was a shock and Liverpool crashed down to reality – the Champions League wouldn’t be a walk.

That shock, however, led to Twitter abuse aimed at Robertson. The Scot reacted as many possibly would in deactivating his account in an effort to ignore that abuse. Unfortunately, that only shone a very bright light on it all.

Looking back three years later, Robertson labels that decision a ‘disaster’ and wonders why such abuse is simply accepted in football.

Andy Robertson looks back on mistake vs Napoli

“I wanted to delete Twitter,” Robertson told the Athletic. “I didn’t want to deactivate it but I ended up deactivating and causing this huge drama, which obviously was a disaster for me. But you know, at the time, I felt there was far too much negativity on Twitter. I still believe Twitter can be more negative than positive.

“After the Napoli game, there was obviously a lot of hate on there. People jumped on it. That’s part and parcel of football, but why is that? Why is that accepted?

“I don’t mind if we make mistakes and people say, ‘Ah, you cost us the game’. But when people start calling your personality out or wanting you to have a career-ending injury or start saying things about family members – which some of the lads have had before — that’s not OK.”

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It’s impossible to disagree with Robertson here, who was giving an interview in support of EE Hope United. It’s an effort to stop online sexist hate and the Scot clearly knows all too well what it’s like to be targeted.

And Robertson’s story simply highlights the absurdity of it all. He received awful abuse from people who follow Liverpool just a few months after lifting the Champions League and in a year in which he was the world’s best left-back. The Reds would go on to win the Premier League in a dominant fashion that year.

To top it all off, Robertson went into that game not fully fit – as we pointed out at the time. The fact that you can have all of that behind the situation and still face such abuse should highlight just how difficult it is for those who don’t have Robertson’s reputation.

So why is it simply accepted as part of the game?

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