Kenny McKay suffers online abuse after calling out alleged racism at Rangers v Motherwell
Ex-Annan player Kenny McKay has suffered online abuse after he claimed he heard racist abuse in the stands at Ibrox on Sunday as Rangers drew 1-1 with Motherwell.
After Kaiyne Woolery equalised for the away side in the Premiership clash, McKay alleged on Twitter that he had to leave Ibrox after he heard a “minority” of fans using racist language.
On Monday morning, McKay suggested that he might never call out racism at a football game again after suffering abuse on social media.
“I tell you what, no person of colour is ever going to call racism out again at a football match with the amount of abuse I’ve received this past 24 hours,” said McKay via his Flip The Mindset podcast’s Twitter account.
“No wonder people keep quiet. Still proud I’ve called it out. Doesn’t make me any less of a fan than anyone else.”
We cannot be sure of the full extent of abuse that McKay has suffered on Twitter but some of the replies to his tweets are, to be frank, disgusting.
Stop being so defensive and so staunch in your support of your football team for one moment and realise that someone has been so brave to call out alleged racist abuse at a match.
Why are people calling him a liar? Why are people asking him why he didn’t report it to the police or a steward? Why are people making up so many excuses for this?
Just because you didn’t hear it in a 50,000-seater stadium doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
We all saw the video clip of Kyogo Furuhashi seemingly be racially abused earlier this season. We know these people exist within our fanbase – they exist within most fanbases across the country, unfortunately.
It’s absolutely heartbreaking to see how fans were behind Glen Kamara after the Ondrej Kudela incident last season and then seeing the replies to McKay’s tweet.
This isn’t a media agenda, this isn’t something that can be swept under the rug. This is something that is seemingly happening a lot among our fanbase and it’s about time people at the club and within the support do something about it.
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