Ireland fans overwhelmingly show their support for Cyrus Christie following online abuse
Ireland fans have come out in force to show their support for Cyrus Christie after it emerged the right full back was targeted by online trolls following Ireland's defeat to Denmark last week.
Speaking at Saturday's PFA Ireland awards, where he was on hand to pick up the Overseas Player of the Year award, James McClean revealed one Ireland player was left devastated after being targeted on Twitter.
"Some of the comments afterwards went beyond football," said McClean. "One player in particular was told to go and play for Jamaica. It really upset him.
"That's for a player who has been a good servant to his country and it cut deep. That player was in tears by the way. You've just missed out on the World Cup and then to have that..."
There were two tweets that referenced Jamaica, one of which came from someone from England and another from what appears to be a trolling account and Ireland fans have today rallied around Christie on social media.
Fans group YouBoysInGreen shared a picture of Christie with the words: "Show your support for this man. #OneOfOurOwn."
The tweet gained hundreds of likes within minutes while others took to Twitter to show their support.
@cyruschristie The real fans are behind you all the way, Cyrus and delighted to have you on board. You made a great contribution this campaign. Unfortunately there are dickheads in every walk of life. Looking forward to seeing you back in green man 🇮🇪 #COYBIG— Richie Thomas (@ohlort) November 20, 2017
Sad to hear that some people are being racially abusive to @cyruschristie on Twitter. You did us proud win or lose. Okay, it was bad game but these things happen. Respect to @JamesMcC_14 for stepping in. #ROI4Ever 🇮🇪— MonsterMMA_UK (@MonsterMMA_UK) November 20, 2017
@cyruschristie Nvm the haters, you're only just gone 25 and improving constantly. Keep up the good work, proud to have you representing ireland— Gavin O Keeffe (@gavin_keeffe) November 20, 2017
@cyruschristie cant believe those comments cyrus. Internet trolls ignore them. Ireland loves u pal great player and great servant. U had a cracking 1st leg and the 2nd leg was just unlucky. Well done pal 🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪— Adam (@adamphelan20) November 20, 2017
@cyruschristie we love you.— eire.guide (@eireguide) November 20, 2017