Aston Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi reveals why he closed his Twitter account
Aston Villa striker Anwar El Ghazi left Twitter last year after missing a chance against Everton last season.
The winger was fully there when the football world boycotted social media platforms last weekend to end online hatred, racism and other forms of discrimination, and he hopes such protests will help transform the internet and make it reasonable.
El Ghazi only scored four Premier League goals last season but has already doubled that number this season and played a huge role in Villa’s attempt to break into the European squares.
The Dutchman has already scored goals against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United and Everton this season and is keen to continue to impress.
El Ghazi was not in line with his brilliant performances in the Villa shirt and that attracted hideous abuses among some fans last year when the club pursued survival in nerve-wracking circumstances.
He had enough when a subscriber wished him dead on Twitter, and he told The Athletic all about it.
“Last year, when we almost went under, a lot of the players were mistreated. It got so personal that I felt aggressive, ”said the Villa star.
“It didn’t feel right. An opinion is fine. I respect that – but an example of a message I received was, “I hope you die and never play for my club again.”
“When I looked at the profile and saw that it was from an Aston Villa season ticket holder, I thought, ‘No way.’ It really made me angry. It happened again towards the end of the season, and after watching The Social Dilemma on Netflix, I just thought to myself, ‘Maybe I should just shut down Twitter for a year. ‘“
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has also left social media because the platforms have refused to crack down on racism against footballers and it would take more than a weekend of protests from players and clubs to take action.
In other news, Villa is said to be ahead of Manchester United and Liverpool in the race for the center-back.