‘You f***ing monkey, if I get corona I will cough in your face and give you your death sentence’: Ian Wright reveals the sickening abuse directed at him on Instagram… before abusive account is quickly pulled down
- Ian Wright shared screenshots on Twitter of vile messages sent to him online
- The Arsenal legend was labelled a ‘f***ing monkey’, a ‘n****r’ and a ‘black c**n’
- Instagram user Patrick O’Brien removed his account after Wright posted images
- The Match of the Day pundit admitted ‘these messages still hit me so hard man’
- Wright, 56, also appeared to take a swipe at Instagram for allowing sick abuse
- In February the ex-England star claimed racism in football wouldn’t be stopped
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has revealed a flurry of disgusting racist messages sent to him on Instagram, admitting the abuse ‘still hits him so hard’.
The 56-year-old, who also played for Crystal Palace and West Ham during his 15-year professional career, took to Twitter to share three screenshots of sick messages sent to him online by a user called Patrick O’Brien.
In the seemingly unprovoked attack, Wright was labelled a ‘f***ing monkey’, a ‘n****r’ and a ‘cotton picking black c**n’.
Ian Wright has revealed a number of disgusting racist messages sent to him on Instagram
Arsenal legend Wright was sent the sick messages on Instagram. The account responsible has now been removed
Wright was also told: ‘Your [sic] like 65 years old if I get corona I will cough in your face and give you your death sentence. If I see you I will put you on your death bed.’
In another section of the abusive rant, which was sent to Wright via a direct message on Instagram, the user wrote: ‘You are a c**n. I hate you. I hate your mom. I hate your dad. I hate your brothers and sisters. I hate all your family. You cotton picking black c**n’.
Along with screenshots of the messages and one of the profile responsible – which has now been removed – Wright expressed his sadness that he is still dealing with racist abuse 20 years after hanging up his boots.
Wright was labelled a ‘c**n’, a monkey and a ‘n****r’ during the vile outburst on Instagram
Wright became a legend at Arsenal, scoring 185 goals during his seven years in north London
The former England striker tweeted: ‘I know I’m not meant to look at them but these messages still hit me so hard man. This is a child!!!’
Wright also appeared to take a swipe at Instagram for allowing users to send vile messages online.
He continued: ”You are a f***ing monkey’, ‘C**t c**n monkey n****r’. Direct message to me from Patrick O’Brien on IG. This kid as a direct line into me & is able to send this without any worry.’
Police have offered to investigate the incident, with the Metropolitan Police Service Contact Centre replying to Wright’s tweet to ask he if he wished to report the abuse officially.
In another rant, the popular pundit was told: ‘R9 Ronaldo will always be better than you, just know that. And he ended his career early with an injury. But will always be better than you. F***ing c**n.’
Wright was no stranger to racism during his time as a player and has spoken openly about his experiences in the Premier League.
Wright posted this message to Twitter alongside three screenshots of the racist abuse
Match of the Day pundit Wright has spoken out about his previous experiences of racism
In February, the Match of the Day pundit predicted that racism in football would never be full stopped, particularly with the growth in social media.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs: ‘With the emergence of social media, you can see [racism] happening.
‘I don’t think it’s something that’s ever going to go away.
‘People feel that if you’ve been a victim of it you’ve got the answers, but you don’t know [what to do].
‘You look at people who are accused of racism, they’re older people – people who should know better.
‘I still think that education is key and that’s all we can do. But you’re just hoping that more and more people will out it when it happens.
‘Then you need the proper kind of discipline and punishment so that people understand that it’s not acceptable.’