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Former Manchester United player Luke Chadwick opened up on the torment BBC’s 'They Think It’s All Over' TV show caused him.

Former Manchester United player Luke Chadwick opened up on the torment BBC’s 'They Think It’s All Over' TV show caused him.

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Former Manchester United player Luke Chadwick opened up on the torment BBC’s 'They Think It’s All Over' TV show caused him.

They made Luke Chadwick's life hell when it should have been a dream come true.

The kid had broken into the Manchester United team at the age of 18 when the people at BBC's They Think It's All Over sports panel show decided it would be funny to have a running joke about him being ugly. Host Nick Hancock stuck the boot in while Gary Lineker and others chortled witlessly in the background.

You can imagine the effect that kind of thing would have had on a teenage boy. In fact, we don't need to imagine. Last week, as part of the FA's campaign to encourage young footballers to speak up about mental health problems, Chadwick revealed that, "The abuse I received about my appearance affected my mental health a lot. I was always so anxious about going out. Even if people didn't say anything to me, I was worried they were thinking that about me or that someone might say something."