Former England footballer Eni Aluko has stated she is contemplating taking authorized motion after the abuse that adopted social media insults made by Joey Barton left her frightened to depart residence.
Aluko, 36, who made greater than 100 appearances for the Lionesses earlier than retiring in 2020 and transferring to punditry, stated in a 15-minute video posted on Instagram: “I’ve been scared this week.
“Over the past week, I have taken advice from lawyers and a course of action has now been decided on.”
Former Manchester City participant Barton in contrast Aluko and fellow ITV pundit Lucy Ward to serial killers Fred and Rose West, in addition to dictators Joseph Stalin and Pol Pot, following the Crystal Palace-Everton FA Cup third-round tie earlier this month.
He has been extensively criticised for his feedback focusing on feminine sports activities broadcasters in latest months.
Aluko, who was made an MBE in November, stated: “I’ve genuinely been scared this week. I didn’t leave my house until Friday and I’m now abroad.
“Online abuse has a direct influence in your security and the way you’re feeling and the way secure you’re feeling in actual life.
“I’ve felt under threat this week. I’ve felt like something is going to happen to me. And I don’t say that for anyone to feel sorry for me – I say that for people to understand the reality and the impact that hate speech has, the impact that racism has, the impact that sexism has, the impact that misogyny has on all of us females in the game, in sports broadcasting.”
While Aluko didn’t point out Barton by title, she accused the once-capped England midfielder of being sexist, racist and misogynistic and of getting a “violent history”.
“If you come out and are racist, or sexist or misogynistic and threaten people online, there are laws for that, that govern that behaviour,” she stated.
She added: “There are consequences for that. And over the past week I’ve taken advice from lawyers and a course of action has now been decided upon.”
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Recalling the case of Caroline Flack, Aluko warned the risks of on-line abuse may result in a feminine broadcaster taking their very own life.
She stated: “They’re creating a culture where people don’t want to go to work, people don’t want to leave their house, people feel under threat. Obviously, there’s a big impact on mental health as well.
“My worry, really, is that the following time this occurs, if we do not actually put a cease to this, is that that woman or that girl kills herself.
“I’m not being hyperbolic about that when I say that it’s happened. Caroline Flack, God rest her soul, killed herself, largely because of the online abuse that she was getting.”
ITV criticised Barton for his “vindictive remarks”, whereas sports activities minister Stuart Andrew stated they “opened the floodgates for abuse”.