Sonja McLaughlan, the BBC rugby reporter, was the target of online abuse following live broadcast of England’s 40-24 Six Nations defeat to Wales in Cardiff
McLaughlan’s robust interrogation of England captain Owen Farrell and head coach Eddie Jones in the immediate episode resulted in an ongoing series of insults directed at her account and tagged for her to see
McLaughlan wrote on Twitter after the game: “Toxic, embarrassing, shameful, appalling Just some of the feedback I’ve had Thank you for using @ sign to make it all come home Now imagine if you were inundated with abuse doing your job crying in my car Hope you are happyâ ????
Owen Farrell says “there’s no point talking about Wales’ controversial opening attempt” after England was beaten 40:24 in Cardiff # sixnations #bbcrugby #WALvENG picTwittercom / P1rMTjdsIU
Others in the game and in the media were quick to offer their support, Ugo Monye, the former England international, wrote: “You shouldn’t apologize for doing your job & [does] great for a long time“Twitter can often be a terrible beast”
BBC breakfast host Dan Walker called the abuse “terrible” Sonj, you are so good at your job. Over the years I have given you as a role model to many would-be sports journalists. You never shy away from the unpleasant things that & always finds for the right mix of insights and questions of & humorâ ????
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