Alvaro Morata revealed that he has received social media abuse along with his wife and kids being yelled at in Seville during Euro 2020. Morata was booed in a pre-season friendly against Portugal. He then went on to miss a host of chances as Spain drew their opening two group games. In the last group game against Slovakia, Morata missed a penalty to give them the lead. He took to social media to express dismay at the level of hate coming his way.
“I would like people to put themselves in my shoes and think what it’s like to get threats towards my family, people saying ‘I hope your children die’. I’ve had to leave my phone outside my room,” Alvaro Morata said after he received social media abuse at Euro 2020. “My wife and children have come to the stadium in Seville with Morata on the back of their shirts and people have been shouting at them. It’s complicated. I understand people booing me for missing chances but there’s a limit.”
Morata revealed he had to endure sleepless nights after missing the penalty against Slovakia. He maintains that he has absolutely no regret for taking the spot-kick and would do so again. Despite the abuse, Morata revealed that he has all the support he needs from his teammates and former players. World cup winning captain Iker Casillas also showed his support for Morata.
“I’m proud of the fact I picked up the ball [to take the penalty] after people booed me in the warm-up. A few years ago I would have been devastated but I’m really motivated. Whoever thinks the opposite doesn’t know me,” he said. “It’s hard to find a group like this, especially in the difficult times. After a week like this, I’ve been aware of how everyone looks at me but I look in their eyes and see they are supporting me.”