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It’s time to tackle abusers

- Sports · Australian Football · Brisbane Lions · Twitter · AFL Football · Cameron Smith · Cameron Munster

MEL­BOURNE Storm star Ryan Papen­huyzen has called on elite sport­ing ad­min­is­tra­tors to “crack down” on dis­grun­tled gam­blers that tar­get play­ers with death threats and abuse on so­cial me­dia.

Papen­huyzen (be­low) opened up on Mon­day about the toll the reg­u­lar so­cial me­dia at­tacks have on play­ers.

It comes af­ter the 22-yearold Ori­gin hp hope­ful fully en­dorsed

Bris­bane Lions mid­fielder Mitch Robin­son tak­ing to Twitter to lash “id­iot” pun­ters.

“Not one AFL player gives a fly­ing f*** how we cost you a $100 multi, it’s $5 bet you id­iot,” Robin­son posted on Twitter.

“If you’re strug­gling with that amount please don’t punt in the first place.”

Papen­huyzen, who was among a host of big-name foot­ballers to retweet Robin­son on Mon­day, said no ath­letes would be sur­prised to get death threats and abuse af­ter a loss or bad per­for­mance.

“I think the ma­jor­ity would have,” Papen­huyzen said.

“It is (a worry) but prob­a­bly gets swept un­der the car­pet.

“It makes you a bit of a tar­get if you do go at it (re­spond) … I think it’s for the peo­ple higher up to fig­ure out and crack down on it.

“If we say some­thing it usu­ally comes back to bite us on the bum.”

Papen­huyzen will turn his fo­cus to foot­ball when he re­turns to face the Roost­ers on Thurs­day night at the SCG af­ter be­ing man­aged last week.

But the Storm are re­signed to be­ing with­out mar­quee play­ers Cameron Smith (shoul­der) and Cameron Mun­ster (knee). Mun­ster is ex­pected to miss two to three weeks with a grade-two me­dial lig­a­ment strain.

Mean­while, Storm util­ity Tom Eisen­huth has inked a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion.

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