Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has hit out the online abuse he’s copped.
Xhaka has condemned the social media abuse that has been aimed at his family and believes it is “killing football”.
“If I showed the others what they write, I think I have to close my social media, everyone has to close social media,” Xhaka said.
“I say that before and I will say that now and in the future as well, it is only about me. I am the guy who is on the pitch.
“It is not my wife, it is not my little one, it is not my family. So if you want to criticise someone, no problem to criticise me like a person, like a player. But don’t make the other people involved because they have nothing to do with my job.
“The problem is only if you lose, then it is a problem. It is not a problem when you win. If you lose, everyone hates you, everyone is writing you things like…it is not possible to understand how they can write something like this you know.
“I wish I could meet the people who write me the things, to sit with them, eyes by eyes and to ask them, ”why are you writing things like this?”
“This is not acceptable. So you have to open our eyes and to look after this a lot, because I think you kill the football like this if the people start to speak about a player or their families or things like this.”