Online Abuse of Neal Maupay traced to Singapore
Online abuse of Brighton forward Neal Maupay has been traced back to Singapore, according to source reports from the Premier League.
The Premier League began investigating the matter after being notified via its online abuse reporting system that Maupay had received “threatening and abusive messages”.
“Premier League investigators believe that they have tracked the location of the person responsible to Singapore and have now filed an official police complaint,” read a Premier League statement.
Local media outlets in Singapore have also reported this development, without providing additional information, citing ongoing police investigations.
Maupay’s brush with Arsenal
His late challenge on Bernd Leno led to the Arsenal goalkeeper’s departure with what seemed a serious knee injury and was targeted by angry opponents after the game had finished. Leno did not play again in the season.
Maupay also scored the winner in that match and went on to give an interesting post match interview in which he slammed Arsenal’s humility.
However, there have been no confirmed reports that his abuses relate to this particularly fiery game or if the perpetrator is an Arsenal fan.
Maupay’s solid season
This season is a good season for both Maupay and his club. Maupay’s first season in the Premier League returned 10 goals – he is his club’s top scorer. His 131 FPL points is also the second best from a Brighton player, after GK Matt Ryan (135).
The Seagulls can also look forward to another season in the Premier League under Graham Potter.
Toxic Online Environment
Unfortunately, online abuses of footballs is nothing new. As recent as this season, players like Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling and teenager Jude Bellingham have been targets of unsolicited online attacks, maybe of which are racist in nature.
It is in everyone’s interest that the perpetrator here gets apprehended to send a strong message to the online community that geographical distances do not protect their despicable behaviors.
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