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Mikel Arteta told Arsenal of online threats to his family

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Mikel Arteta says his family have received threats this season and that it is vital football is given better protection against online abuse.

The Arsenal manager is the latest high-profile Premier League figure to reveal he has been affected by threatening behaviour, a day after Newcastle’s Steve Bruce said he had been on the receiving end of “vile and abusive” messages that included death threats. In Arteta’s case it went as far as his loved ones and he explained that the club attempted to intervene.

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