AFL star details shocking abuse after scary fall

West Coast young gun Oscar Allen is the latest AFL star to open up on the sickening social media abuse he received from fans, labelling the treatment “just not acceptable”.

Allen, who recently re-signed with the club, was left concussed after a heavy fall in the first half of the Eagles’ Round 11 loss to Essendon.

The 21-year-old’s concussion was so severe that he remained groggy in the Eagles’ rooms and subsequently missed his team’s win over Carlton due to the AFL’s concussion protocols.

“My partner came into the rooms. I could barely remember her. I could barely remember my Mum,” he told Mix 94.5 radio.

“Didn’t know where I was (or) what I was doing. It’s a pretty traumatic experience.”

If the trauma of suffering a concussion was not bad enough, Allen was horrifically abused on social media by a fan who had gambled on the match.

“After the game – a pretty bad concussion, didn’t have much recollection of it, pretty scary experience – I’ve got the old: ‘You f—–g piece of s–t you completely f—-d my multi because you didn’t kick a goal, honestly die break your neck’ – which is not great,” Allen told West Coast’s Coast to Coast podcast.

“Lucky I’m relatively thick-skinned, but that’s just not acceptable.

“There’s been a lot of it in recent years with racial images being sent to Indigenous players, but that’s another form of hate which I don’t think is acceptable and I think everyone would agree it’s not really something you should be sending to someone after the game.”

Allen and Eagles teammate Hamish Brayshaw claimed that most of the abuse is centred around fans and gambling.

“It’s just something that should be stamped out, Brayshaw said.

“We always say gamble responsibly, but a lot of it’s to do with gambling. Blokes will message players all the time saying ‘you ruined my multi’.”

“It’s pretty embarrassing,” Allen added. “I don’t understand what you think you’re getting from it. You’re pretty much just embarrassing yourself. I’m not a huge fan of it.

“It’s one of the reasons why a lot of people in the AFL industry aren’t keen to open themselves up.

“They’re not keen to show who they really are on social media or they’re not keen to express themselves because Australians as a society of pretty close-minded I dare say and if you come out the norm, you get whacked pretty quickly by random people who know nothing about you.”

The abuse Allen received after suffering a concussion follows Geelong star Mitch Duncan copping the same shocking treatment after his own concussion against Brisbane.

Richmond defender Dylan Grimes was also subjected to social media abuse last season, with Victoria Police arresting a 54-year-old man and charging him with stalking.

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