Neil Lennon, ex-Celtic manager, deserves better than morons shouting vile abuse at them

When people abuse and make a show of footballers, as appears to have been the case with Neil Lennon, we damage ourselves as much as him.

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon (Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

The internet and some of the morons who inhabit it are making life more and more unpleasant for footballers, managers, and even those currently out of the game such as Neil Lennon.

A video emerged on social media on Tuesday night with two clips showing the former Celtic manager very much the worse for wear.

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In the first of them, abuse is shouted at him, but only when he is at a suitably safe distance.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon shows off the Betfred Cup before the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow (Picture: Steve Welsh/PA Wire)

Add in all the horrible racist abuse that is being piled on black footballers whenever they make the slightest mistake or do not hit the standards of the apparent white Peles judging them on social media, and you would not be surprised if footballers starting walking away from the game.

As we know, the life of a top footballer is extremely well rewarded, as is the life of a top manager. A few good years can set you up for life.

So would it be a great shock if a player in that position just decided to walk away from it, rather than put up with all the nonsense being thrown at them and/or their family?

Or if they did not want to play for or manage a certain football club because they know the fans can turn so abusive as soon as things go wrong?

Yes, no doubt the idiot who yelled abuse off camera at Lennon would be delighted if he never works in the game again. But what if it persuaded others who did enjoy watching to walk away from it?

What if some of our top players decided the hassle of life as a top pro was not worth it?

Who loses then?

Everyone who loves football does. We must stamp this out.

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