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Tammy Abraham’s mother wept over racial abuse of her son

Written by on September 11, 2019

Tammy Abraham had barely left the pitch and the racist abuse had started on social media.

The Chelsea striker, having just seen his decisive penalty saved in the Super Cup final shootout against Liverpool in August, went back into the changing room and opened his phone to be faced by a stream of vile comments.
It’s an incident that is just one of a growing number that have affected high-profile black footballers this year.
“I remember speaking to my mum, she was emotional, she was in tears,” Abraham recalls. “You know, she’s just thinking: ‘Why him? Why him?’ It’s obviously not nice to hear, especially seeing your son getting abused.
“For me, I’m always a strong character, it doesn’t affect me as much. But saying that, it could affect people who don’t have my personality. It was a challenging moment for me, I went through a lot of emotions. Everyone misses penalties but to miss a penalty I was obviously devastated.”
Prior to this season, Abraham had played on loan at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa over the last three years, but Frank Lampard’s appointment as Chelsea manager has helped pave the way for the striker to start playing regularly for the London team.
“I had a lot of abuse but Frank Lampard always had his arm around my shoulder, lifted me up,” added Abraham.
The support from Lampard — who Abraham admits he is still often “starstruck” by — and everybody at the club following the Super Cup final played a huge part in helping the 21-year-old deal with the racist abuse he’d been subjected to.
“Straight after, the boys, manager and everyone at Chelsea had my back,” he said. “The next day, [Lampard] called me to find out how I was.
“He didn’t want to go over the situation because he knew how I was feeling, but just wanted to find out how I was, make sure that I wasn’t distracted from football and my personal life was all right.
“It’s nice to have that support behind you when you’re going through times like that.”


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