A female reporter Sonja McLaughlan was left crying in her car after receiving abusive social media messages following her post match interview with the England Captain Owen Farrell following England’s defeat by Wales in the Six Nations.
I know very little of the Rugby world but I’m led to believe that the England Captain can be a little terse when it comes to his answers after the match when he is interviewed which required the poor interviewer to be a little more probing than she might otherwise have been which caused a torrent of abuse to befall her through the medium of Twitter.
Wales won the match in Cardiff with a score of 40-24 although the match was riddled with controversy with many questionable refereeing decisions but apparently Wales won the Triple Crown in something called the Six Nations and well done to them.
Miss Mc Naughlan later tweeted; “Toxic, embarrassing, disgraceful, appalling, just some of the feedback I’ve had, thanks for using the @ sign so it’s all hit home. Now imagine getting inundated with abuse for doing your job. In my car crying. Hope you’re happy.”
Now I have never been trollied online, I’m glad to say and I hope it never happens, however I have learnt from this news item that using the @ sign makes it all the more personal, although I haven’t the faintest idea why.
All I can say in conclusion is, this is not the way to behave chaps, especially when using the @ sign, so desist immediately, this sort of behaviour is just not cricket.