Steve Cooper says Yan Dhanda is a credit to “himself, his community, his heritage and Swansea City FC” after the way he reacted to vile racist abuse he was sent last week.
Dhanda was targeted on Instagram in the wake of defeat to Manchester City in the FA Cup, with the midfielder bravely publicising the message to raise awareness of the issue.
The club immediately reported the abuse to Facebook but were left “shocked” by the lenient stance the publisher took towards the culprit.
Cooper says he has spoken to Dhanda every day since the incident and stated the club support him 100 per cent. He also added that the former Liverpool man had found the last few days “tough”.
“I’ve spoken to Yan every day since Wednesday night and it’s been a tough situation,” he said.
“Credit to him in how he’s handled himself and articulated himself in the media. He’s trying to make sure the message gets out publicly on how we can improve things. It’s one of them where me or you can’t relate to it.
“He’s of a different heritage and one he’s really proud of. When he receives abuse on the back of that only he understands it. All we can do is support him and let him know we’re there for him 100 per cent.
“If he did need a break it wouldn’t be a problem. He showed me the messages. To sit there and do a police statement isn’t a nice thing. Then the media attention, then he’s got siblings, his mum and dad.
“These incidents aren’t just about the abuse, they’re about the aftermath. It’s the bit nobody sees. Yan’s been a credit to himself, his community, his heritage and Swansea City FC.”
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