Chris Sutton has spoken on the targeted abuse he suffered, when his phone, which was in the possession of his seven-year-old daughter at the time, was bombarded by phone calls and message.
The former Celtic and Chelsea striker took to Twitter this morning to outline what had happened, confirming that he would be reporting the instances of abuse to the police.
To all the people sending abusive messages. My daughter who is 7 had my phone at a sleepover last night. She has my phone regularly and was called all night. She is very upset. I will be sending photos of the culprits out and passing your details onto the police👍
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) August 6, 2019
Sutton has made a successful career as a TV pundit following his retirement from the game and is known for his straight-talking, no-nonsense approach to his analysis.
Speaking to Pundit Arena, as he was unveiled as one of Premier Sports’ new broadcast team, Sutton went into further detail on the incident explaining that he “received 100s of calls and WhatsApp messages” all of which were of an abusive nature.
“Basically, somebody has obviously given my number out to various people and there was a lot of calls and Whatsapp messages, actually not a lot, there were 100s of calls and Whatsapp messages which were, as you can imagine, abusive.
“That’s the situation. It’s not ideal but I have to deal with it. I don’t understand it, but that’s an issue for others to make of it what they will.
“To behave in that manner and call up during the night, to send messages it’s not normal, it’s abnormal and I’ll be dealing with it and taking the issue further.”
Sutton has frequently been quite outspoken which has seen him subjected to his fair share of criticism from fans who disagree with his view.
The former striker, however, explained that he isn’t too concerned about the replies he receives on Twitter, but when it’s targeting his personal phone number it is a step too far, with both Sutton’s wife and daughter, very upset as a result.
“When it’s a private number and my daughter has my phone a lot. We all have kids and families, you should be able to give your kids you phone.
“A situation occurred that wasn’t ideal, upsetting for her (his daughter) and my wife but what can you do? Just take the sensible course of action which is going to the police and reporting.”
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