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William leaves Corinthians over death threats

Brasileiro Championship – Corinthians vs Juventude – Neo Quimica Arena, Sao Paulo, Brazil – June 11, 2022 Corinthians’ Willian in action. Photo: Reuters

Following death threats, Brazil forward Willian has left local side Corinthians.

The former Arsenal and Chelsea player went on a free transfer to Corinthians last summer, but the return has been everything but pleasant for the winger who has 70 caps for the Brazilian national team since his debut in 2011, Reuters reports.

On Friday, 34-year-old Willian said he will return to Europe and that he had terminated the contract with the club.

English media has linked him to Premier League club Fulham FC.

“I did not come to Brazil to get threatened,” Willian told reporters for the Globo Esporte.

“Whenever Corinthians lost and if sometimes I was not doing well in the game, my family received threats and curses on social media.

“My wife, my daughters, after a while (they) also started attacking my father, and my sister.”

Willian has been attacked by some of the fans over poor performance on the field, as Corinthians was eliminated from two important competitions in recent weeks, despite the team being second place in the Brazilian league.

Writing by Muzha Kucha