Former Aston Villa defender Micah Richards has lifted the lid on his injury-hit spell at Villa Park following his retirement from football.
As per BBC, Richards has shared some of the things Villa fans said to him while he was still at the club but unable to play.
“‘You’re a money grabber’, ‘you don’t respect the shirt”, ‘you’re a virus, you are killing this club’. Those were the kind of messages I was getting every day on social media during the final months of my time at Aston Villa, and of course they hurt,” he said.
“I was in a lonely place for a long time, and I did not know how to get out of it. I am a pundit now, not a player, but when I was getting abused by Villa fans on Twitter and Instagram, I was still battling to save my career.”
Richards obviously frustrated the club’s supporters because he was unable to play and some clearly felt he was just happy to stay and take the money without ever looking to contribute.
He is clearly at pains to point out that wasn’t the case. Villa were a very different club back then – leaking money left right and centre.
Personal abuse online isn’t acceptable – and Richards says it made him feel lower. The supporters will be pleased that the club is all able to move forward now, and Richards is likely happier now that his injury nightmare is over.