De la Torre: Red card led to torrent of abuse from angry gamblers

Luca de la Torre has said his social media channels were flooded with angry messages from players after a red card earlier this season.

The Celta Vigo midfielder was sent off midway through the second half against Alavés in September. His team was leading 1-0 at the time of his red card, but the visitors would tie in a match that would end 1-1.

De la Torre appeared in a recent episode of Let's go podcast with Hérculez Gómez, and detailed how he was on the receiving end of a torrent of abuse after his red card.

“This season I got sent off against Alavés at home,” said the US men's national team midfielder.

“And it was a game where we were winning 1-0 and then we tied, so I think I ruined a lot of people's bets on the game. And I got a couple hundred direct messages, things like, 'kill yourself, I hope your mom dies, I hope you break your leg and never play again.'

“I just turned off my direct messages and now I don't see that anymore. But it's not nice that people lack empathy for other people to send that kind of thing."

In addition to deactivating his direct messages, the 25-year-old said he deals with the abuse by trying not to take it seriously.

"Remember that it is difficult for people to feel empathy for football players if they have not played professionally like we have," De la Torre said. “They don't really understand what it is and how difficult it is. Football is entertainment for many people and all they want is to talk about it online and have a good time. “I think the best way is to try not to take things seriously or not see them at all.”

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