Steven Bergwijn was subjected to abuse on his social media platforms after a dismal performance against Liverpool on Wednesday.
Liverpool won the game 2-1 thanks to Roberto Firmino’s late winner, but the result could have read very different indeed had Spurs took their fair share of chances.
Bergwijn missed two one on one opportunities against Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker, hitting the woodwork once from two attempts.
Had the Dutch winger taken both or either one of the chances that fell to him, Jose Mourinho’s side could have made a massive statement by defeating the defending champions at their home.
But it was clearly not to be, as despite having way better chances in front of goal, Tottenham Hotspur ended on the losing side: “the better side” lost, as per their manager’s words in the post match press conference.
As is mostly the case in this generation obsessed with social media and its shenanigans, Bergwijn received a lot of backlash on the comments section of his Instagram posts of late.
As a flurry of distasteful comments mostly promoting hatred and abuse came his way after the game, Bergwijn did what a lot of under-fire footballers in the modern social media era have done in the past: he disabled comments on his Instagram profile.
Social media abuse subjected towards footballers might not be as harmless as it normally looks, as even before setting foot on a football pitch: footballers are all human beings first and nobody deserves the sort of abuse that Bergwijn received for his display against Liverpool.
Thankfully, there are still a lot of fans and we hope they are the majority, who have been doing their bit and sending messages of support via DM to the Spurs star.