Manchester United Loanee Dean Henderson has reportedly considered suicide after being subjected to abuse on two particular occasions last season – and has called on the FA to take action.
The 22-year-old was deeply upset when some trolls made spurious claims about his private life during last season’s promotion-winning campaign.
The Sheffield United goal stopper is spending his second season on loan with Sheffield but has been subjected to abuse in matches against Leeds United at Elland Road and Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
Sheffield journalist Danny Hall claims Henderson ‘thought about driving his car off Snake Pass’ due to the abuse.
Henderson has broken silence now about his ordeal and says it has made him a stronger person.
He told Sky Sports: “Certainly last year at Hillsborough and Elland Road, it wasn’t a pleasant time for me or my family because a lot of the accusations were completely horrendous,” said Henderson, who received his first senior England call-up earlier this season.
“If it was racism, people would be getting banned from stadiums.
“For me, coming from a good family, it’s the worse thing you can ever be called.
“I’d go back to my apartment and think how has this happened to me? Only my girlfriend knew how much it really affected me.”
Henderson revealed he got support from his girlfriend and family, he also added that it felt extra sweet to beat Leeds last season at Elland Road.
“We stuck with it, as a family. So to go there to Elland Road and beat them, after what they were saying about me, that meant the world to me.
“What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. For me, as a young lad, nobody speaks about having to take that negativity. For a lad of 22, people don’t realise what I went through last season.”