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under fire Aaron Connolly shuts down his social media accounts after receiving a torrent of abuse


Ireland and Brighton striker Aaron Connolly (Naomi Baker/PA)

Ireland and Brighton striker Aaron Connolly (Naomi Baker/PA)

Ireland and Brighton striker Aaron Connolly (Naomi Baker/PA)

The social media accounts of Republic of Ireland striker Aaron Connolly are no longer active after he reportedly received a torrent of abuse following Brighton's game against Tottenham last Sunday.

Connolly has ensured a challenging season in front of goal for Brighton and his failure to convert from close range with the goal at his mercy in the closing stages of the Spurs game appears to have been the spark for some of the negativity he faced.

Both his Twitter and Instagram accounts are no longer active, with Connolly and Brighton yet to make any comment on the reported messages after the Spurs game.

The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Brighton has spoken to Connolly about the incidents, but no official comment has been offered by the club so far.

Connolly spoke to the Sunday World in an exclusive interview last year, as he opened up on the challenges he faced since moving to England and he admitted then that he was not a big fan of social media.

"I don't go on Twitter too much," he told us. "There is a lot of things happen on there that you can do without and the same with all social media.

"I just want to concentrate on my football and the main thing when you are trying to make it in the Premier League is not to get too carried away with yourself and keep your feet on the ground. My Mam and Dad have helped me to do that.


Aaron Connolly

Aaron Connolly

Aaron Connolly

"You need people around you to make sure you stay focused on what is important and having my Mam coming over to spend some time with me has been massive for me.

"It was tough for me when I first went over to England five years ago. England is very different compared to what I was used to back him in Galway and being away from family and what is so familiar is a tough, but you get used to it. I'm in my fifth year now and I feel like I'm settled in England and you need to feel at home there if you are going to succeed.

"There were quite a few Irish boys at Brighton when I came over and that helped me. Just hearing some familiar voices was nice and it helped me settle in and helped my transition.

"The main thing for me will always be the football and sometimes you need to shut out all the other stuff that goes with playing in the Premier League."

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Connolly is the latest player to receive abuse on social media platforms in recent months, with Manchester United's Marcus Rashford speaking out against the abuse he was subjected to following last weekend's win against Arsenal.

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