Wrexham boss Dean Keates has said he was on the verge of quitting after online trolls threatened to burn down his house.

The Dragons’ manager, whose side host Yeovil Town at the weekend, was speaking after the social media blackout over the Bank Holiday weekend in protest against online hate.

He told BBC Wales: “When it goes to the point people are happy to abuse you… I have had people threatening to burn my house down, stuff against my kids, personal insults… I just don’t understand it.

“And when it gets personal, when it was aimed at my family, my kids and people are taking it upon themselves to wish that you catch Covid-19 and that gets you out of a football club, it is hard to take.

“I am not going to lie, when it gets to that level when people are saying things about your kids or whatever, there are points where I have thought ‘is it worth it?’. But I have never shied away from things.”

Wrexham are in sixth place heading in to the weekend after a coming from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw at Maidenhead United on Bank Holiday Monday.

Speaking to the Wrexham Leader, Keates said: “It was great character from the boys. It is difficult being 2-0 down but we have been in that situation before.

“We know if you can get one goal, you get momentum and second half we had the wind behind us.”


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