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Lampard Backs Abraham After Penalty Miss, Racist Abuse

Chelsea and manager Frank Lampard, have backed Nigerian-born forward, Tammy Abraham following his penalty miss in the shootout that eventually cost the Blues the UEFA Super Cup, and racial abuse he received in rhe Social Media, reports.

The two English Premier League sides had tied 2-2 at regulation and extra time, forcing a tie-breaking penalty kicks.

Tammy had his effort smothered by Liverpool goalkeeper to gift the Reds victory in the clash. The player was later abused by Chelsea fans on the Social Media.

But Chelsea boss, Lampard, chose to draw some positives in the youngster’s courage to step forward for the kick rather than castigating him for causing his team’s defeat.

“I’ve told him not to worry, I’ve missed penalties myself before”, Lampard said on Chelsea Twitter handle.

“Anyone can miss penalties. What I want to see is the confidence of a young player stepping out to take penalty kicks.

‘’It’s part and parcel of being a player at the top level, which is what Tammy now is.

“These moments come and we have to be supportive of him because that’s football”.

Tammy Abraham who refused to play for his fatherland, Nigeria, was racially abused online, including threat to his life following The Blues’ defeat in the Istanbul UEFA Super Cup showdown.

Anti-racism in football outfit, Kick It Out, in a statement on its Twitter handle on Thursday said racial abuse was sent to the English forward.

“Last night we received reports of racist abuse directed at Tammy Abraham on social media after Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup match,” kick it out twitted.

Chelsea has since responded, condemning the nasty treatment meted out to their young player.

“We are disgusted with the abhorrent posts we have seen on Social Media,” a club spokesman said.

“Chelsea FC find all forms of discriminatory behaviour unacceptable. It has no place at this club and where there is clear evidence of Chelsea season ticket holders or members involved in such behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action against them.”

By Sab Osuji

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