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Former Hammer racially abused

Former Hammer Ian Wright says “these messages still hit me so hard” as he detailed racist abuse he has suffered on social media.

The 56-year-old former striker tweeted a series of screengrabs of vile offensive messages he received from a teenager from Ireland on Instagram.

“My energy is positive but I couldn’t turn the other cheek,” said Wright.

You do this in public and he’d be sat in jail!!! We tired. This kid can find me and there’s nothing stopping him from sending me [abusive messages].

The Match of the Day pundit has previously highlighted the role of social media as a vehicle for racism.

After a huge wave of support Wright added “Thanks  everyone for your kind and supportive messages. I’m normally better at ignoring it, but that one got to me. There has be consequences. Each one teach one!! Peace and love”

Wrighty joined the Hammers in July 1998 for £500,000.He spent fifteen months as a West Ham player, scoring the winner on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday, without quite reaching the same form he had at Arsenal.

 

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter