Alex Scott says trolling and racist abuse left her ‘scared for her life’

Alex Scott says she can “go into dark places” in the face of whirlwinds of abuse and racist trolls, which sometimes leaves her “scared for her life”.

he, former footballer, 37 years old, has become a regular on sports commentaries and made history in 2018 as the first female Sky pundit on Sky Sports Super Sunday .

She joined the BBC’s World Cup commentary squad the same year.

In an interview with The Times, Scott shared about the online attacks she faced as a result of her role and how she found herself in a bad place after presenting at the Olympics. Tokyo 2020.

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Scott turns to alcohol before seeking therapy (PA)

“I can slip into dark places,” she said. And once I get into dark places, I won’t stop.

“I loved being on the field at the Olympics, but then I realized the insane pressure I had to put on myself to take on everything – trolling, racism, Lord Digby Jones.”

Last year, former Labor Secretary and former House of Commons member Digby Jones criticized Scott’s pronunciation and asked if someone could give her lessons on apportionment.

Scott said: “I went to the Olympics knowing that I would be subject to scrutiny again from all the trolls.

“But then I opened Twitter and saw it from him, I just said, ‘I’m not going to be silent anymore. I’ve had enough.’ So I just tweeted and went to bed.”

Earlier that summer, Scott was targeted on social media for false reports that she had been cast to replace Sue Barker as the new host of A Question Of Sport, a role that went to Paddy McGuinness.

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Sue Barker, who resigned as host of A Question Of Sport (Adam Davy/PA)

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“That’s to the extent that I fear for my life,” the presenter admitted, saying she had received death threats.

“I was scared to leave the house to go to the store. That’s the stage we’ve got to get to – that, oh my god, someone black can displace a national treasure that can cause such hatred. “

Scott quickly turned to drinking to drown out the trolls, The Times reported.

The football expert says she is a proponent of therapy, which she sought after being abused in A Question Of Sport.

“I learned a lesson from what happened to me. She said.

In November, Scott will travel to Doha to present the BBC’s coverage of the World Cup, as well as introduce the UK Sports Personality of the Year.

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