Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has thrown his support behind Kilmarnock boss Alex Dyer ahead of the pair’s meeting at Fir Park on Wednesday.
The Killie manager has recently been subject to a sickening letter with racist abuse directed at him. Police Scotland and Kilmarnock are working to identify any individuals involved in this atrocious act.
Robinson, who received a death threat to his children when he was Oldham manager, can’t believe things like this still occur: “I find it incomprehensible that people do that kind of stuff, it’s unbelievable. It’s the modern society we live in. Abuse in any form is not acceptable.
“I think in general football managers are seen as fair game for some reason. You can say what you want, do what you want and no punishment seems to happen in general and obviously the racist element is just not acceptable in this day and age.
“It is 2021 we are going into not 1821 and I find some of the abuse unbelievable. Hopefully we can stamp it out and we are very keen to do that. We fully support Alex and the football community is completely behind him, but so should society be.
“As I say, it seems to me you can say what you want about football managers, their families, abuse them, do what you want to do. It’s perceived because they are on great money they deserve it, I assure you some of us are not.
“But no form of racism or abuse is acceptable. We are going into 2021 and it would be nice to start the year with some positivity and not with the mindless idiots involved.
“I’ve had plenty of abuse, my kids had death threats and ridiculous things like that. It’s not funny, it’s scary. We all need to stamp it out. Why should we stand for it? It shouldn’t be happening.”
It’s a big game between Motherwell and Kilmarnock as 2020 comes to a close. Killie have lost their last five while Motherwell haven’t won since October 31, just three goals separating the sides in the league table.
Robinson says there are positive signs though at Fir Park as he welcomes a New Year: “The last three games we were very good. Defensively we were very, very good against Rangers (lost 3-1).
“It is amazing that other people do that and get lauded as tactical geniuses and we are the scourge of football when we try to be defensive. We had a great performance against Aberdeen who are in third place and a dominant performance against Dundee United who are in fifth place.
“(These are) big budgets, big football clubs, so we are not too far away. If we keep playing like that, keep that desire and energy and hunger and create those amount of chances we will be fine.
“It’s been a bizarre year for everyone. It’s a case of getting through it at the moment, nobody is enjoying any bit of life at the moment. But we are the lucky ones, we are still in a job.
“People have lost jobs, are struggling for food, struggling for houses, I always look at the positives as we are in a lucky position. 2020 has been a horrible year and I will be glad to see the back of it.”
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