Two Manchester United (MU) heroes Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire were the most frequently bullied players on Twitter of all Premier League players last season.
In a report by the Alan Turing Institute and Ofcom analyzed 2.3 million messages addressed to Premier League players during the first five months of the 2021/2022 season. It found 60 thousand uploads which can be called rough from the 2.3 million tweets that were posted in the first half of last season.
The report defines abusive tweets as messages that threaten, insult, demean, demean, ridicule or belittle players and also include slurs, negative stereotypes, excessive use of profanity and angry emojis.
Ronaldo was found to have received the most online insults during the period analyzed. In all, the striker was sent 12,520 abusive messages between 13 August 2021 and 24 January 2022.
Maguire is second with 8,954 such tweets, while team-mates Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes are third and fourth, respectively.
The study also aims to determine what is causing the increase in abusive tweets sent to Premier League footballers.
Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark was sent off against Norwich in November. At that time, 78% of tweets directed at him were abusive.
James McArthur of Crystal Palace also received a lot of abuse after he was booked for stepping on Bukayo Saka against Arsenal in October. (Eurosports/OL-12)