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Kerala Blasters' CK Vineeth Hits Out at Trolls, Says Targetting Family Is Not Acceptable

Soon after the match, the feeling of being elation went straight out of the window for the forward as he was subjected to some stick from the ‘Blasters faithful’ which bordered on outright rude and unruly.

Abhimanyu Sen | News18 Sports

Updated:December 21, 2017, 10:48 PM IST
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Kerala Blasters' CK Vineeth Hits Out at Trolls, Says Targetting Family Is Not Acceptable
A file photo of CK Vineeth. (Twitter/CK Vineeth)
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New Delhi: When India international CK Vineeth dove forward to meet an inch perfect cross from Rino Anto, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi waited with baited breath. Vineeth’s rocket like header beat TP Rehnesh all ends up and set the Blasters up for their first win of the on-going Indian Super League season. The JLN erupted and the sea of yellow began celebrating Christmas ten days in advance.

Three much needed points were in the bag for Renee Mulesteen’s side who have twice finished runners up in the competition. The Blasters had dug deep against a gritty NorthEast United side to get this result and the relief on the faces of the team was evident.

Soon after the match, the feeling of being elated went straight out of the window for the forward as he was subjected to some stick from the ‘Blasters faithful’ which bordered on outright rude and unruly.

“I don’t really care about trolls on social media. But they need to know when to draw the line. Trolling is not unacceptable, but there is absolutely no need to direct comments and abuses towards family,” an understandably hurt Vineeth said over the phone.

Vineeth wasn’t at his most cheerful and clearly did not expect a reaction like that from the home crowds.

“When you direct abuse and comments against my family, it is absolutely not acceptable. There will be a reaction to that, and that reaction is quite natural.”

“Real fans are the ones who will back you to the hilt even when the chips are down,” Vineeth does not hesitate to add. Clearly the striker was not happy and he even made it clear on social media by calling out the fake users.




“Most people are real fans and it is just pure passion that you see in their reactions, but there are a few bad apples that spoil the rest.”

Vineeth and the man who assisted him, Rino aren’t new to facing flak from their fans.

Before the Indian Super League had started, both these players were part of the very successful Bengaluru FC squad. Due to the numbers game of retaining players for the season, BFC had to part ways with most of their players. Fortunately or unfortunately Vineeth and Anto were not retained.

The duo’s love for Bengaluru FC is well documented and so is their love for the West Block Blues (WBB). The pair was in the same stand as the WBB when North Korean side 4.25 SC came calling. The fans are well known to be vocal and they shared some banter with the visiting players about their new team (Kerala Blasters).

Banter, as defined by the Oxford dictionary, is playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks.

Vineeth is more tolerant than most players, and it is unlikely that he will react against some banter unless it is below the belt. He took the chanting at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in his stride.




After the win against the Highlanders, Vineeth though had a word of appreciation for the fans from his home state as he told News18Sports, “According to me there aren’t another set of fans who can be as passionate as those in Kerala. We love our football in God’s own country.”

Over the years, football on a global level has seen many an interaction with footballer and fan leave a bad taste in the mouth. David Beckham returning to his country after the 1998 World Cup, Luis Figo having a pig’s head thrown at him at the Camp Nou and the Kerala Blasters fans themselves sporting Zinedine Zidane masks to get under the skin of then Chennaiyin FC manager Marco Materrazzi are all examples.

Trolling is oft disguised as banter, and even though there will be multiple debates about the popping crease, there is an urgent need to weed out such miscreants from the sport. In the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup at Russia, the governing body has made it clear that anything that is offensive will be dealt with heavily.

Indian football might do well to take a leaf out of that book and nip it in the bud at a level that does not give the fans the same reputation as the travelling English football fans.
| Edited by: Pratik Sagar
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