/Leicester Tigers report vile and disgusting social media abuse to the police 

Leicester Tigers report vile and disgusting social media abuse to the police

Leicester Tigers report ‘vile and disgusting’ social media abuse directed at players and their families to the police

  • Leicester Tigers players and families have received vile abuse on social media
  • The Tigers are struggling in the Premiership and currently find themselves 10th
  • They have vowed to hand those guilty of unacceptable comments lifetime bans
  • The club have contacted social media platforms and reported abuse to police 

The Tigers sit in an unfamiliar position of 10th in the 12-team Premiership Rugby table after a torrid season and lost 52-20 to leaders Exeter last Saturday.

It was after that match that the club were made aware of the ‘malicious content’ on social media, and they have vowed to issue life bans to anyone found to be responsible.


Leicester Tigers players and families have received ‘vile and disgusting’ abuse on social media

A Tigers statement read: ‘Due to what we believe to be not only vile and disgusting personal abuse of players, but also their families, we have been in contact with the social media platforms and the police and have reported this as a crime.’

Youngs added: ‘It isn’t a new thing for players at Tigers and in all sports to be criticised for performances that fans don’t believe are good enough.

‘At the moment, we have not been good enough and accept that it means a lot to our supporters, who are entitled to have their say on our performances.

‘However, no family members are deserving of being pulled in to that criticism and nothing of the sort myself and players have received in recent weeks is appropriate, ever.’

Youngs, meanwhile, has been suspended for three weeks following the red card he received during the defeat by Exeter.


The Premiership club have contacted social media platforms and reported the abuse to police

The 32-year-old accepted the charge of dangerous play in a ruck or maul when he appeared before an independent disciplinary panel on Wednesday evening and the ban means he will miss Premiership trips to Newcastle and Harlequins as well as a home clash with Bristol.

The England hooker was shown a red card by referee Tom Foley after making contact with Exeter lock Ollie Atkins’ head during a ruck.

The panel decided Young’s offence was worthy of a six-week ban but reduced that by half because of mitigating factors.

Panel chair Philip Evans QC said: ‘Given his early plea of guilty, his candid evidence to the panel, obvious remorse, playing record and personal mitigation including off-field mitigating factors, exceptionally, the panel felt able to reduce the period of suspension by three weeks.’

Youngs will be available for Leicester’s last league game at home to Bath on May 18.

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