Genk condemn death threat sent to Toby Alderweireld

Genk have released a statement condemning the ‘fan’ who sent a hateful message to Antwerp captain Toby Alderweireld following Antwerp’s 2-1 at the weekend. The message, which was sent via Instagram, was made public by the former Red Devil as he said ‘I can put up with quite a bit, but threatening my family is way over it. I don’t understand why you are writing this and what you want to achieve with this’.

Alderweireld scored from the penalty spot to equalise against Genk, with Michel Ange Balikwisha scoring the winner. The three points over Genk moves Antwerp into first place in the title play-offs. Winning the league would see them win a rare domestic double. The last time the Great Old won the league was the 1956-57 season.

The former Southampton and Tottenham defender joined the club in the summer of 2022 on a free transfer, having left England to play a season with Al-Duhail SC in Qatar. The 34-year-old has made 43 appearances for the club this season, scoring six goals.

Following the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the experienced defender announced his international retirement after 127 caps for the Belgian Red Devils.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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