Strictly Come Dancing star Alex Scott has had death threats and racist abuse.
Soccer pundit Alex, 34, revealed the horrifying hate campaign as she thrilled fans on the BBC1 contest’s launch show TONIGHT.
Some internet trolls have threatened to kill the glamorous star, who won a legion of fans since swapping the football pitch for the expert’s chair.
Mixed-race Alex, England women’s second most-capped player, was targeted online while analysing men’s games on Sky TV and the BBC.
The defiant star, who made her Strictly debut with pro dancer Neil Jones, said: “I had all of it – for being a woman on TV, for being a woman of colour on TV, that I’m ticking a box, death threats.
“I had the lot. But I’m still standing.”
One message still visible on Twitter last night was sent after a viewer disagreed with one of Alex’s decisions during analysis of a TV match.
The chilling message said: “You deserve to die immediately. I seriously hope and pray for that to happen NOW!!!!!”
Alex, who played for the Lionesses 140 times and captained Arsenal, told how her mother and grandmother were terrified by the web abuse.
“This past year has been so tough,” she said. “The abuse I was getting on social media just for having an opinion on football.
“I was going through a hard time with it. It’s not that I wasn’t expecting it because I know how social media is.
“But it was over a prolonged period of time and the abuse was getting worse. And it was my mum worrying. That’s when it really got to me.
“I thought, ‘What do I do?’ I felt alone in the process.
“I didn’t want to be that female that is seen to be complaining about my new role.” Alex refused to let the messages deter her from appearing on screen.
She became Sky Sports’ first female pundit on men’s Premier League matches last year.
And she was a mainstay of the BBC’s World Cup coverage beside veteran Gary Lineker and a host of top names at Russia 2018.
She said: “The character that I am, I didn’t want to put that on anyone. I didn’t want my mum to worry.
“I was just carrying on going to work and doing what I’m doing.
“But then the flip side is I am inspiring so many people and changing people’s perceptions.”
Alex made her England debut in 2004 and went on to make 140 appearances for the Lionesses, winning a silver and bronze medal at the 2009 Euros and 2015 World Cup…Continue Reading