Barrovian footballer Georgia Stanway has revealed the shocking abuse she faced for a red card in the Manchester derby.
The Manchester City star was removed when her side played Manchester United on October 9 to deal with Leah Galton – for which she apologized.
But speaking to Sky Sports this week, the 22-year-old said she faced a host of violent comments online that left her feeling “worthless”.
She said: “I did a deal against Man Utd which was very untimely.
“I got the success on that, took possession of the situation and apologized to the opposition that it had happened.
“I apologized to the girls and I regretted the situation I caused.
“However, coming to social media after the game, I felt the need to have to write a statement and apologize.
“The statement was more widespread because I logged on to my social networks and I received thousands of messages telling me I would never be able to have children, they hope my period hurts – just things that don’t even relate to. Football.”
Stanway revealed that the incident made her cry and made her question whether she was good enough to play football.
City are set to face their closest rivals again tonight in the FA WSL Cup, looking to return from a 4-0 league defeat at home to Chelsea on Sunday.
They will also want to get one over their rivals after their clash last month ended 2-2 after Stanway’s dismissal, with Khadija Shaw’s goal canceled out by Lucy Staniforth and Alessia Russo before Ellen White struck out late to win a draw.
Stanway felt she was the victim of people who may not have even seen the gear but simply wanted “someone they can attack”.
“I’ve been at the forefront of that, but I’m very grateful to the girls who are around me and my support network that allows me to have the faith to talk about it now,” she told Sky Sports.
“I want to get back on the grass and make presentations for the team.”
In a Tweet after the previous derby, Stanway said: “Everyone who knows me knows that I am passionate and competitive.
“There was absolutely no evil intended and I’m glad Leah was okay and was able to continue the game.”