Mikel Arteta says that his family has received threats this season and that football needs better protection against online abuse.
Asked if he had received any threats, Arteta said, according to The Guardian: “I would prefer not to [talk about it], but in this industry, I think we are all exposed to that. That’s why I’d prefer not to read it because the moment someone tries to contact my family will affect me personally even more. The club was aware of it when it happened and we tried to do something about it.
It is that. With it, we have to work. We don’t know what’s going to stop tomorrow, nor can we do anything about it in the medium or long term? This is what I’m pushing for.’
Arteta made clear that his family’s presence crossed a line. He said, “I’m not the only person suffering from these kinds of things. It’s all beautiful when you win, and you’re awesome and you’re the greatest coach, but when you fail, it’s the complete opposite. Truth is that. When they go against me directly, it is not fun, but I can bear it. Then it’s a different matter when a family is involved.”