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Female footballer brilliantly shoots down sad trolls who tell her “they’re horny”

Football ace Gabriella Howell has brilliantly closed down a troll who claimed female players are picked on their looks.

The 22-year-old Sutton United player has been on the receiving end of sexist abuse online. One troll in particular said: “That’s the trouble with women’s football, I think players are picked on looks rather than talent.” But she snapped back with: “You can be both – you can play football and like wearing high heels.”

Howell was speaking to the Mirror about her passion for the game and the fact that she often comes under criticism by trolls who believe women don’t belong in the game. “Men will say they’re horny underneath my photos of me playing football – and if I tag my club in the post it’s embarrassing,” she said.

But she claims that she opts not to delete any of the hateful messages she receives. She explained: “I like to keep [the hateful comments] on my profiles and I don’t delete them.

“Young girls think they want to be an influencer but they don’t see the downsides. I like to make people aware. Not everyone’s going to like you. I repeat that to myself when I see these comments. You got to develop a thick skin.”

Howell – a midfielder with a huge 165k followers on her Instagram account alone – has been kicking a ball since the age of eight years old. The footballer also boasts an incredible 97.7 followers on her TikTok account, with some videos reaching over one million. She began her career at Crystal Palace before going on to Carshalton and then her current side – Sutton United.

She trains twice a week and helped the London club top Division One in the London & South East Regional Women’s League this campaign.

Meanwhile, her club, Sutton United women’s side, released a statement refuting the suggestion that they had blocked rivals Dorking Ladies on purpose following their 1-1 draw.

They wrote: “On Monday it was brought to our attention that Dorking Ladies had been blocked on our Twitter feed. We would like to offer our sincere apologies to Dorking Ladies, we are sorry for any upset this has caused and can assure you this was just an error.

“We take full responsibility for this. We would like to thank Dorking for their hospitality at Sunday’s match. They have a great set up there with excellent coaches and players. We wish them every success for the future and hope we can all put this behind us and concentrate on the end of the season. On behalf of the Chairman & Womens Section.”

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