Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, says his mother broke into tears after being subjected to racial abuse in the UEFA Super Cup final.
Abraham missed a decisive penalty that would give Liverpool victory in Istanbul last month. This is when the Chelsea striker became a subject to racial abuse on social media.
“I remember speaking to my mum. She was emotional, she was in tears,” the 21-year-old Abraham recalls.
Chelsea spokesman said the club endured “disgust” with the “abhorrent” posts.
In August this year, Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian kept out Abraham’s spot-kick to secure a 5-4 shootout victory for the Champions League winners. The match finished at 2-2 after extra time.
Since then, Abraham has scored four times in Chelsea’s past two matches. He added,” It’s not nice to hear, especially seeing your son getting abused. My mum was just thinking, ‘why him’?
“For me, I am a strong character, it doesn’t affect me as much, but it could affect people who don’t have my personality.”
“I sat in the changing room straight after the game and went on my phone. I wasn’t going to shy away from the situation, although I did have some supportive messages. The other side is not nice to hear.”
“I went through a lot of emotions after the penalty miss. I had experience of taking penalties last season, big ones as well. Everyone misses penalties. I had a lot of abuse after.”
Just before this season, Abraham had played on loan at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa over the last three years.
Frank Lampard’s appointment in Chelsea as the manager has helped pave way for the striker to start playing regularly for the London team.
so far, Abraham has made two international appearances for England. The striker has praised the support he has received from his club, his team-mates and his manager.
“I had a lot of abuse but Frank Lampard always had his arm around my shoulder, lifted me,” Abraham added.
The support from Lampard and everybody in the club played a huge part in helping the 21-year-old deal with the racist abuse.
“Straight after, the boys, manager and everyone at Chelsea had my back,” he said. Lampard called me to find out how I was.
“He didn’t want to go over the situation because he knew how I felt. He wanted to find out how I progressed and to ensure I wasn’t distracted from football and my personal life was all right.”