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Westwood in call to halt online campaign


Keiren Westwood

Keiren Westwood

Keiren Westwood

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has pleaded with Sheffield Wednesday fans to halt their campaign of online abuse aimed at the out-of-favour veteran.

Westwood, 35, has not featured for the Championship side since November, prompting rumours of a bust-up with boss Garry Monk.

In an emotional statement posted on Twitter, Westwood, who referenced the game's recent bid to promote mental health awareness, has called for the 'trolling' to stop and denied he had fallen out with his manager.

Westwood said: "With all the rumours, lies and accusations being said about me online, I feel obliged to clear my name and defend myself.

"I feel personally it's becoming too much to handle and it is getting out of control. The manager and I have not fallen out. We had a conversation man to man and it was fine.

"I'm very experienced to know these things happen in football and it's never anything personal. We had a good conversation, shook hands and left on good terms. I'm too far into my career to fall out with people."

Westwood began the season as first choice under Monk, who was appointed as Steve Bruce's successor in September, but played his last game in a 2-1 defeat at West Brom at the end of November, with Cameron Dawson taking over between the posts.

"I know a week is a lifetime in this world, so the hostility and animosity isn't something I'm interested in having in my life," Westwood said.

"There were no arguments or bad attitudes and definitely none of the rumours being banded about have occurred. The manager has made a decision, which I fully accept and respect."

The former Carlisle and Coventry goalkeeper appeared to suggest that his spell at Hillsborough was coming to an end.

He said: "After six years at this wonderful club, I reflect on my time here with great pride, having played 179 matches, twice being player of the year and making it into the PFA team of the year."