Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shelvey Is Strong Enough to Ignore All the Insults - but He Shouldn't Have to Accept It; ELLIOT ASKS WHY SHOULD JONJO HAVE TO TAKE STICK FROM FANS AND PLAYERS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shelvey Is Strong Enough to Ignore All the Insults - but He Shouldn't Have to Accept It; ELLIOT ASKS WHY SHOULD JONJO HAVE TO TAKE STICK FROM FANS AND PLAYERS

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Byline: LEE RYDER Chief sports writer lee.ryder@trinitymirror.com @Lee_Ryder

ROB Elliot has questioned why the abuse hurled towards Jonjo Shelvey is meekly accepted in football.

The Newcastle United and England international midfielder has suffered with alopecia since being a child and is a regular and easy target for some of football's trolls on and off the pitch.

Shelvey found himself at the centre of an FA probe last season during the home defeat to Wolves when opponents players accused him of racism after he'd endured taunts about his own condition.

Shelvey has always denied such claims but has continued to receive vile abuse from home supporters when United are on the road.

Last season Wolves fans were extremely vocal with racist chants directed towards Shelvey while this season alone the player received abuse from Swansea and Brighton fans during United away days.

Elliot has now called for equality and some understanding from those who feel it is OK to hurl abuse in the direction of the United player.

Elliot told the Chronicle: "We all know about Jonjo's ability and his mentality.

"But what you have to realise - and it's a point I have stressed a lot of times which doesn't get picked up on in public - is that you talk about all of this equality and stuff like but it doesn't seem to apply to this.

"Jonjo gets abuse from all the away fans every time because of a condition he's got.

"Everybody laughs about it because he's Jonjo and he's a white lad or bald skinhead.

"But he's not, he's got alopecia and it's a condition.

"And it does get to him (abuse).

"I'm not saying it gets to him badly.

"But what you have to realise is that he's still a young man and he handles the pressure really well.

"He gets abuse everywhere he goes."

Speaking about the abuse earlier this season, Shelvey said, in a piece with the Daily Mail: "I have to live with it. …

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