By Daniel Feliciano

16th Dec, 2021 | 5:10pm

Tony Dorigo slams 'pathetic' treatment of Leeds star Mateusz Klich on social media

Former Leeds United defender Tony Dorigo has leapt to the defence of Mateusz Klich after he received “pathetic” abuse on social media.

Klich conceded a 93rd minute penalty against Chelsea at the weekend and was subjected to a torrent of abuse from a small minority of fans online.

The 31-year-old fouled Antonio Rudiger in the box which led to Jorginho’s second goal of the game and a 3-2 defeat for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, meaning Leeds remain on just 16 points from 17 games this season.

Klich ultimately deactivated his Twitter account soon after the abuse started to flood in, and former Whites left-back Dorigo believes those sending abusive messages need to do better to remember footballers are humans.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the BT Sports pundit said; “I find it really sad, I have to say.

“Whoever these people are, they must be so perfect I have to say. I’d love them to come forward and show us all how perfect you are.

“I think it’s absolutely pathetic because you have got players out there giving their absolute all. They are giving everything and it’s impossible to do everything right and the one time they don’t that’s what happens.

“It’s a difficult one because I think if you look at the players that we have got and their commitment and Klichy himself, just look at his running stats and look at how far and how much effort he keeps putting in.”

“They are all trying to do their best, simple as that.

“They are going out there to try and make sure they win football matches but it doesn’t work that way and you do make mistakes and that’s where I think the real fans then get behind those boys that do make the mistakes and give them plenty of support.

“But you will always get this very, very small minority but social media unfortunately just gives them a platform to hide behind which I think is pretty sad.”

Pathetic

The abuse from fans to footballers is nothing new, but the growing trend to call it out by the players themselves and others within the game is encouraging.

It’s clear to see that Klich is giving his all this season and while it was his error that led to the dropped points, he obviously didn’t do it intentionally.

Credit should be given to the vast majority of Leeds fans for not getting involved and instead backing their team and players, but for that minority that choose to send abuse, “pathetic” is the perfect word to describe them.

The Premier League and FA should be doing more to prevent this from being a thing, while the social media platforms themselves must find a way to stop people being able to get away with such things.

Klich will likely step back onto the pitch for Leeds when they take on Arsenal on Saturday at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, Marcelo Bielsa accuses journalist of sack question.