Tarek Elrich has been sent an abusive message by a fan.
Tarek Elrich has been sent an abusive message by a fan.

‘Keep my religion out of this’: A-League star exposes abuse

Tarek Elrich has received a ton of support from the sports community after the A-League star exposed a sick message that was sent to him on social media.

The Western Sydney Wanderers player revealed the disgusting words written to him on Twitter after his side's 2-1 loss to Melbourne Victory on Saturday night.

The message referenced the treatment of Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas.

Western Sydney Wanderers defender Tarek Elrich has received a vile message from a fan.
Western Sydney Wanderers defender Tarek Elrich has received a vile message from a fan.

It read: "Professional footballer - more like professional weak c*** you scummy dog. Throwing elbows at unsuspecting keepers.

"If I was Lawrence Thomas I would've knocked out your dumb Lebbo a***.

"Now p*** off to where you came from you ugly Muslim."

Elrich responded to the message, tweeting: "No need for this. Call me s***, call me ugly, call me a lebbo whatever but keep my religion out of this."

There was no shortage of support for the 32-year-old, who has three Socceroos caps to his name.

Former A-League and Socceroos star Archie Thompson replied to Elrich's tweet, saying: "They have no idea brother."

Fox Sports football presenter Adam Peacock wrote: "There is one weak c in this exchange and it sure as hell ain't Tarek."

Former Socceroo turned football analyst Craig Foster praised Elrich's response on Twitter, saying: "Well done for exposing this disgusting, racial, religious abuse Tarek. Too many Australians are subjected to it every day and as a prominent figure you help create awareness of the ongoing challenge to educate. This needs a formal complaint. This is not our game or our country."

Football writer for The Australian Ray Gatt and former Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond were also among those to stand by the veteran.

Retired rugby league star Jamie Soward tweeted: "Weak as p***. This is bulls***. Hope you and your family are OK."

Penrith Panthers winger Josh Mansour was another who backed the football star.


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