Danny Mills has blasted “keyboard warriors” after Leeds United winger Jack Harrison revealed he quit Twitter due to online abuse.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed it is “too easy” for fans to leave “nasty, spiteful and vicious” comments on social media.
In an interview with ESPN, the 23-year-old revealed the “ruthless” criticism he faced on Twitter during his first season at Elland Road and how it led to him deleting the social media platform.
Harrison is approaching the end of his two-year loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City, having arrived in the summer of 2018.
The left-footed winger has been ever-present this season, scoring five goals and providing seven assists for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
When asked by Football Insider if fans understood the impact they can have on players through social media, Mills said: “Keyboard warriors. People often put out ill-judged comments on social media and they do not think.
“It is very different if you are talking to a person face-to-face. Would you say that nasty thing? Probably not.
“It is too easy – faceless. It is easy to be nasty, spiteful and vicious. Things you would never do face-to-face to a person.
“It is keyboard warriors, people being brave when they are not actually.
“They are spouting off and trying to be experts all the time. They think they know more and they do not.
“They might have a few followers and they are just trying to grab attention. Trying to get a response to make themselves feel important. I feel quite sad for people like that.”
As revealed by Football Insider, Marcelo Bielsa is keen to make Harrison his first signing if Leeds are promoted.
United currently seven points clear of third-placed Fulham with nine games remaining.
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