Jack Ross has revealed details of the online abuse that Ryan Porteous has been subjected to since being sent off at Ibrox.
The defender was given a first half red card by Nick Walsh who had allowed a very similar incident involving Josh Doig to go unpunished. In 100 appearances for Hibs Porteous has been sent off twice- both by Nick Walsh in matches against Sevco.
Steven Gerrard was quick to condemn Porteous while making no comment on Lundstram with the online Ibrox support following up the message from their hero.
For three days after the match there was blanket media condemnation of Porteous, online abuse has been highlighted this year but it seems that the abuse of the Hibs defender wasn’t worth covering.
Ross told The Scotsman:
I think those who have that platform need to be careful not to exaggerate or misrepresent things. I have seen what a 22-year-old had to deal with because of that.
It was a tackle, that’s all it was. People can have their opinion on how bad a tackle it was, that’s football, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the way there was a complete misrepresentation of it by people who used inflammatory language without thought. It definitely stoked a stronger reaction.
His disciplinary record last season was outstanding but people don’t want to hear that. In the current climate, when we are quick to highlight some other forms of abuse, it is terrible what he has had to put up with.
He is a young man, who has had to deal with the professional disappointment of the way the game panned out but it is the other stuff he has had to deal with that’s inappropriate and we shouldn’t wash over it as though it is acceptable. The abuse, and people talking about him dying, that goes beyond the pale.
Some people discussed it in a rational, balanced manner, as you would expect. But some people didn’t and blew it all out of proportion.
Because of that a 22-year-old was subjected to the most dreadful abuse in the aftermath. I have seen it and it is disgusting. I have seen sectarian abuse, homophobic abuse, people telling him they hope he dies of a tumour.
You can say that came in the aftermath of the incident or you can say it is in the aftermath of the way some people spoke about it but I have to be protective of him.
Since March 2021, when they played Slavia Prague, the Ibrox club have become activists against all types of abuse.