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Tammy Abraham was a victim of racist abuse on social media following his penalty miss in the UEFA Super Cup final against Liverpool.
Abraham stepped up to take the fifth penalty kick against the Reds after an end to end UEFA Super Cup final showpiece. Everyone had put their ball into the net, but Abraham couldn’t get his shot past Adrian who saved it with his feet.
The 21-year-old has bounced back from that ugly incident by scoring a brace against Norwich on Saturday, and Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has revealed that every real Chelsea fan will be in support of Abraham.
Pat Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “Chelsea fans, the real fans that is, can also take a bow for their reaction to Tammy over the past few weeks. My final line about him in last week’s column was, ‘All true Chelsea fans are behind you Tammy’.
“Well you clearly were and are behind him and look at the reaction your support has been rewarded with. I better be careful, I might start getting a bit emotional here, but it is a bit of a dream come true when this sort of redemption story plays out so well.
“Frank has continued to put his faith in Tammy, even when the striker has been under some pressure. You have to know what a young player can cope with and the belief from the management in his capabilities hasn’t wavered. It was a big call to start him against Norwich but it turned out to be the right one.
“That is one of, if not the most important things about a manager, especially at the top level. You have got to get the big calls right. You can only make this kind of call if you understand not only the ability of your players but their mental capabilities too.”