Brighton: Singapore man found guilty of sending online abuse to Neal Maupay

Premier League tracks down man in SINGAPORE who sent threatening messages to Neal Maupay on Instagram with culprit found guilty of sending online abuse as Brighton forward hails victory against ‘vile and toxic’ trolls

  • A Singapore man has been found guilty of sending abuse to Neal Maupay 
  • The Premier League tracked down the culprit using their online abuse system 
  • They worked with authorities to pursue legal action against Derek Ng De Ren
  • Brighton star said he hoped it showed trolls that abuse is ‘totally unacceptable’ 

A man in Singapore has been found guilty of sending online abuse to Brighton forward Neal Maupay, the Premier League has said.

The league’s online abuse system helped track down the individual after Maupay received threatening and abusive messages via Instagram.

A statement from the Premier League said: ‘Derek Ng De Ren was convicted of crimes relating to harassment following an investigation and formal criminal complaint filed by the Premier League last August.

A man from Singapore has been guilty of abusing Brighton forward Neal Maupay on Instagram

A man from Singapore has been guilty of abusing Brighton forward Neal Maupay on Instagram

The Premier League used its abuse system to track down the culprit and pursue legal action

The Premier League used its abuse system to track down the culprit and pursue legal action

The Premier League used its abuse system to track down the culprit and pursue legal action

‘The Premier League’s legal team undertook a detailed investigation to successfully identify and locate the offender. The league subsequently worked with Neal, the club and local authorities in Singapore to pursue legal action against the defendant, resulting in his prosecution and conviction.

‘Mr Ng will be sentenced on 7 July.’

Maupay welcomed the news, saying: ‘I would like to thank the club and Premier League for the support they showed me in this matter and the professionalism in dealing with it, as well as the police and courts in Singapore.

Maupay hailed the victory against 'vile and toxic' trolls and hopes it sends a strong message

Maupay hailed the victory against 'vile and toxic' trolls and hopes it sends a strong message

Maupay hailed the victory against ‘vile and toxic’ trolls and hopes it sends a strong message

‘The vile and toxic abuse of which I was on the receiving end is a daily occurrence for many professional athletes and public figures, and I hope this goes someway to showing those online trolls that it is totally unacceptable and that the authorities are prepared to take the necessary action.’

The Premier League launched an online abuse reporting system in June 2020 so players, managers and their families can report when they receive discriminatory abuse on social media.

The league’s chief executive Richard Masters said: ‘As this case shows we will take each report seriously and will do everything we can to identify and investigate offenders and pursue legal action, wherever in the world they may be.

Premier League chief Richard Masters said it would pursue offenders anywhere in the world

Premier League chief Richard Masters said it would pursue offenders anywhere in the world

Premier League chief Richard Masters said it would pursue offenders anywhere in the world

‘This outcome recognises the severity of the offence and we hope it will send a strong message of deterrence by demonstrating there are serious real-life consequences for those who engage in online abuse.’

Brighton chief executive Paul Barber said: ‘We welcome the verdict and thank the Premier League and their legal team for their support to both the club and Neal, as well as authorities in Singapore for recognising the severity of the offence.

‘This demonstrates that even where posts are anonymous, we will use all available legal resources to identify perpetrators and we remind everyone that our club and the Premier League have a zero-tolerance policy to anyone who abuses our players, staff or other supporters.’

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