Paul Merson: Someone on social media once threatened to kill my kids

Paul Merson has revealed how he received death threats six months ago via social media.

The Soccer Saturday punditsuffered the abuse onInstagramsix months ago.

Ex-Arsenal great Merson has battled drink, drugs and gambling problems all his life.

He has been sober for more than two years but still receives abuse on a regular basis on social media when he gives his opinion in the Daily Star or on Sky Sports.

Merson said:

I had an atrocious one a while ago for saying that Manchester United wouldnt win the league with Anthony Martial up front.

Someone said they would throw my wife in the canal and kill my kids.

I told my wife about it. We both just sat there in shock and went: Wow!

My agent asked me if I wanted to go to the police but I said: No, hes obviously not well this guy, its my fault for reading it.

Now I look back and I feel bad that I didnt report it to the police just to teach him a lesson, you know? Another one thats slipped away.

I said to someone the other day that I was coming off social media.


Sometimes it does affect me. On days when Im not strong and people are calling me a druggie and worse. It is hard. You dont need that stuff in your life.

When people say these things they should look in the mirror. But what I get is only the tip of the iceberg compared to other people.

When people are getting slaughtered for the colour of their skin, it does my head in. Its disgusting, and it hurts me to see it. I dont understand it.

The people saying these things would never dare go up to Ian Wright or Dion Dublin and say these things. They are cowards.