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Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has revealed his mother was reduced to tears after he was racially abused following his penalty miss in the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool last month.
The 21 year old striker missed the decisive kick in a penalty shootout which handed Liverpool glory in the Super Cup and he was subjected to racial abuse on social media.
“I remember speaking to my mum, she was emotional, she was in tears,” Abraham said in an interview with CNN.
“She was just thinking, ‘Why him’. It’s obviously not nice, seeing your son getting abused.
“For me, I am a strong character, it doesn’t affect me as much, but it could affect people who don’t have my personality.”
Abraham also admitted he was left devastated by the penalty miss.
“I was sat in the changing room straight after the game and went on my phone,” he added.
“I wasn’t going to shy away from the situation, although saying that I did have some supportive messages. The other side is not nice to hear. The first time I heard I was sat in the dressing room.
“I went through a lot of emotion I would say after the penalty miss.
“I had experience of taking penalties last season, big ones as well. Everyone misses penalties. To miss the penalty I was devastated and I had a lot of abuse after.
“(Manager) Frank Lampard always had his arm around my shoulder lifting me up, the boys as well, it was like I never missed with the way they supported me and lifted me up and that is exactly what I needed.”