Frank Lampard slams Chelsea fans who hurled racist abuse at Tammy Abraham as boss bemoans climate of social media hatred

Frank Lampard slams Chelsea fans who hurled racist abuse at Tammy Abraham as boss bemoans climate of social media hatred


AFTER two defeats in his first two games as boss, Frank Lampard has more than enough on his Chelsea plate right now.

Yet he still was not prepared to let the sickening racist abuse aimed at 21-year-old striker Tammy Abraham to pass unchallenged.

Frank Lampard has slammed Chelsea fans who hurled racist abuse at Tammy Abraham
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And if Lampard’s response to the first real test of his new job is anything to go by, he is going to be every bit as successful a manager as he was during his 13 years playing for the club.

No one has a better relationship with the Chelsea supporters than the man recently voted as the king of Stamford Bridge.

Which makes Lampard’s strident response to the online bile directed at Abraham this week all the more important.

He has already asked the fans to stop singing an offensive song about bitter rivals West Ham.

And only last month the club issued a lifetime ban to one supporter who racially abused Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling last season.

But Lampard knows the message of zero tolerance still needs to be hammered home after the sickening reaction to Abraham’s penalty miss during Wednesday’s Super Cup shootout loss to Liverpool.

He said: “I am so angry for Tammy and for the club. This is not what Chelsea is about. I try to be close to my players and when something like this happens the first thing I do is talk to them about it and try to help them.

In my day, five out of ten in The Sun was a bad reflection of a performance


Frank Lampard

“If there is anything more he needs, the club will be there for him 100 per cent. He’s getting the support I hope he feels he needs.

“In my day, five out of ten in The Sun was a bad reflection of a performance. But now it’s instant abuse online and it’s not funny when it becomes hate.

“It’s too easy to spout casual hatred on social media platforms. Something needs to be done about it. I don’t know what the solution is but some people need to have a complete change of mindset.

“It’s not as simple as just telling the players not to look at their phones or tell them that they need to become more thick-skinned.

“This stuff is hurtful and I want to know what the social media companies are going to do about it. It’s their responsibility to stop people putting up this kind of thing.

“Firstly, the person that’s writing it should have a look at themselves and, secondly, I think it should be policed.”

BEING FRANK

And while Lampard is confident Abraham is strong enough to handle the situation, he maintains that is not the point.

He added: “We saw different ends of the spectrum on Wednesday. We had Tammy Abraham, who has been helping this club since he was eight or nine-years-old, asking me to take the fifth penalty because he wanted to stand up and be brave with the whole world watching.

“Then we had someone sitting behind a keyboard sending the most disgusting things you can possibly say.

“Tammy is more than disappointed with what has happened but I am absolutely disgusted by the so-called Chelsea fan.

“The club does a lot of work against discrimination at all levels and it’s a setback when these things happen.

“I’ve spoken with Tammy. He’s a strong character. I love his character, he’s infectious.

“He’s a confident boy who wants to do well for this club. He has an opportunity to do that this year.

“He’s experienced something that is not right at all levels. It will be a test of that character that he shouldn’t need.”

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Lampard, too, is finding himself being tested in unexpected ways.

Three points against Leicester tomorrow will be a step in the right direction.

But overcoming the bigots, and racists will be an even more important victory.

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