Alex Scott reveals she received death threats after reports claimed she was hosting Question of Sport

‘I was scared for my life…I couldn’t leave the house’: Alex Scott reveals she received death threats after receiving false reports she was set to replace Sue Barker as A Question of Sport host – and admits admit she turned to drinking to deal with troll abuse

  • Alex Scott revealed she was targeted by trolls online after false reports surfaced
  • Reports indicated that Scott would be the new presenter of A Question of Sport
  • Scott was subsequently subjected to a barrage of racial slurs online
  • The 37-year-old said the messages she received left her in a “dark place”.

Alex Scott has detailed the abuse and harassment she has endured online after reports suggested she was set to replace Sue Barker as the presenter of A Question of Sport.

The former professional footballer-turned-pundit received a spate of racial slurs online after he was mistakenly labeled as the host of the classic BBC quiz show last year.

Speaking to The Times, Scott revealed the spate of abuse directed at her had her fearing for her life.

“I was afraid to leave my house to even go shopping. That’s the stage we’ve arrived at – that, oh my god, someone black could replace a national treasure could cause such hatred. explained the 37-year-old.

The abuse reached such a level that Scott turned to alcohol, but later found therapy to be an effective way to deal with the more extreme reactions she was receiving over social media.

Although the job at A Question of Sport would eventually go to Paddy McGuinness, Scott’s experiences as a target of online abuse would only continue.

Alex Scott has revealed she feared for her life as a result of online troll abuse after being tipped off to host A Question of Sport

Alex Scott has revealed she feared for her life as a result of online troll abuse after being tipped off to host A Question of Sport

In particular, Scott was targeted during coverage of the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, with fellow Crossbench Lord Digby Jones suggesting that she would benefit from elocution lessons due to her East End accent.

The former government minister wrote on Twitter: “Enough! I can not take it anymore! Alex Scott spoils a good presenting job on the BBC Olympics team with her very conspicuous inability to pronounce her ‘g’s at the end of a word. Competitors do NOT compete, Alex, in fencin, rowing, boxing, kayaking, weightlifting and swimming.’

Scott explained that while she can often take the comments of critics online, she found herself in a particularly vulnerable state after last year’s Olympics.

The former Arsenal star was also targeted online for her accent during coverage of the Tokyo Olympics

The former Arsenal star was also targeted online for her accent during coverage of the Tokyo Olympics

“I can slip into dark places. And once I slip into dark places, I don’t stop. I loved going to the Olympics, but afterwards I realized the insane pressure I had put on myself to take it all – the trolling, the racism, Lord Digby Jones.”

The former Arsenal star also described the euphoria of being at Wembley as the Lionesses finally ended 56 years of injury by winning the European Women’s Championship in dramatic scenes in extra time.

“Being at Wembley and seeing them win was a full circle moment for me. I remember crying to Gabby on the air [Logan]because I knew it was much more than just lifting a trophy – it was about the perception of women in society.”

Scott explained that while she was incredibly proud of the Lionesses' accomplishments that summer, she was excited to watch from the gantry

Scott explained that while she was incredibly proud of the Lionesses’ accomplishments that summer, she was excited to watch from the gantry

Although she made the decision to retire from football before her 34th birthday, when asked if she wished she had been on the pitch and not in the gantry on that fateful day at Wembley, Scott insisted that she had no regrets, not having contributed to her 140 caps for England as part of Sarina Wiegman’s triumphant team.

‘Not a part of me.’ she explained.

“Because I know that role that I’m in now was just as important to help the game in other ways.”

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