Wayne Rooney supports social media boycott as Derby boss opens up on abuse

Wayne Rooney says he'll throw his weight behind the social media boycott this weekend.

The Manchester United and England legend has 17.2m Twitter followers and a further 15m followers on Instagram.

But Rooney, now manager of Derby County, says it's time to try and make a point over on line abuse.

The 35-year-old said: “If you are on social media you are open to people making these kind of comments.

“If you struggle with that then you are better off coming off it. There are a lot of fans who are interested in football players, actors etc and it's important to try and engage with the fans and give them a bit of insight.

“But there is a small minority who probably stay in their bedroom all day and abuse people. “

He added: “I don't think they should have any control on what you do with your social media accounts but that's the way it is. Does it bother me? No. I haven't got enough time in the day to be reading these comments.

“I've had my fair share of abuse over the years. If it's people who haven't got any insight and are just having a go then I can deal with it.”

But Rooney said he would back the campaign, adding: “I will do the same. I think it's important that everyone sticks together.

“It's important that everyone gives the same message. Abuse on social media is not right and if it can help make a small change then it's worth it.”

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