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Erik Pieters receives death threats over a handball as football fandom stoops new low

Arsenal drew against Burnley in their last Premier League outing, in a result that was considered to be two points dropped rather than a point gained. While the North London side went ahead early in the game thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strike, a costly individual error from Granit Xhaka meant that Chris Wood equalized for the Clarets before half time.

There was more drama in store at Turf Moor, as Arsenal were given a penalty late in the game by referee Andre Marriner when Erik Pieters was adjudged to have handled the ball inside Burnley’s penalty area. The decision was overturned by Kevin Friend on VAR duty for the game, as Burnley held on for a point – frustrating the Arsenal faithful, some of whom subjected Pieters to vile abuse after the match.

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Pieters’ posts on Instagram were filled with some incredibly distasteful and disgraceful comments. Some of the vile comments were even aimed at his wife who is pregnant with their baby – as the numerous tasteless remarks wished cancer on both Pieters and his wife. The comment section of the ex-Stoke City defender was filled with such hooligans, as it proves to be a very hard read for any neutral – never mind Pieters himself whose wife is about to give birth to their unborn baby.

Not only did Pieters enrage the Arsenal supporters with the overturned decision by VAR, but he was also involved in another accidental handball incident with Nicolas Pepe during the game. Regardless of what Pieters might have done on the pitch in the weekend, it does not warranty any of the vile, and disgraceful abuse that he and his family have been subjected to over the weekend – as it hardly exemplifies the beauty of the sport – the beautiful game as we know it across the world.

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By Sagarneel Chakraborty

Living and breathing everything regarding the beautiful game for a decade. Avid follower of all things football, with a soft corner for the Blues.

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