Leyton Orient goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux is given a personal apology from Port Vale’s owner after he was racially abused online following League Two defeat
- Port Vale owner Carol Shanahan apologised to goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux
- Former Tottenham and Liverpool youngster revealed two sickening messages
- Abuse came after Leyton Orient’s 3-2 loss to Port Vale in League Two at weekend
Leyton Orient goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux has received a personal apology from Port Vale’s owner after he was sent racist abuse online following Saturday’s League Two clash.
Former Tottenham and Liverpool youngster Vigouroux revealed two sickening messages he received privately on Instagram after his side’s 3-2 loss and added ‘football such a beautiful game ruined by people like this.’
The matter is being probed by the police after the messages were reported while Port Vale launched an investigation.
Leyton Orient goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux was sent racist abuse online after Port Vale loss
Owner Carol Shanahan also offered her sincere apologies to Vigouroux.
Vigouroux said: ‘She messaged someone I know who plays for Port Vale and the messages were passed on which is a nice touch from her.
‘I really appreciated that she took the time to try and get in contact and also the statement Port Vale put out.
Last week, a West Brom fan – Simon Silwood, 50 (right) – became the first person in Britain ordered to serve time in jail for racially abusing a footballer on social media
‘It really helps the situations because at the end of the day it’s not her fault. It’s two people that, I don’t know if they thought it was funny, but you have to be held accountable for what you say.
‘Here’s hoping something happens and hopefully more awareness can be spread not just from me but from everyone in football that experiences anything similar.’
Vigouroux is the latest in a long line of footballers to be targeted with vile messages online, an issue that has increased the pressure on social media companies to get tough and crackdown on racism on their platforms and the Government to speed up the introduction of the Online Harms Bill.
Last week, a West Brom fan – Simon Silwood, 50 – became the first person in Britain ordered to serve time in jail for racially abusing a footballer on social media.
He was sentenced to eight weeks in jail for a message posted about his own club’s midfielder, Romaine Sawyers.
While a 14-year-old boy has been referred to Youth Offending services after racially abusing Sheffield United striker Rhian Brewster on Instagram.