It was recently revealed that the Irish full-back was reduced to tears following online abuse.
The flashpoint for the abuse directed at Cyrus Christie came in the aftermath of Ireland’s 5-1 defeat to Denmark last week in the World Cup play-off.
“Look, everybody watched the game and we all know it was poor but some of the comments afterwards went beyond football,” his compatriot James McClean said according to The Times.
“One player in particular was told to go and play for Jamaica. Make of that what you want. It really upset him and he was in tears. My comments weren’t based on football, they were more personal. That’s for a player who has been a good servant to his country and it cut deep.”
The disgusting vitriol saw Ireland legend Paul McGrath back the Middlesbrough defender, as the PFAI and ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ offered similar support in a joint statement.
Disgusted to hear the racial comments towards Cyrus Christie on social media, no player deserves that. I’m sure Cyrus will rise above it and answer his critics on the field. #oneofourown #cowards pic.twitter.com/Zu1qthNnE7
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) November 20, 2017
Now the man himself has taken to Twitter to reiterate his praise of the ‘boys in green’ generally, while rightly condemning the comments made towards him on social media.
— Cyrus Christie (@cyruschristie) November 20, 2017
At just 25-years-old, Christie is set to add many international caps to the 17 that he has already earned. He does however face competition from returning captain Seamus Coleman, with the beginning of the qualification process for Euro 2020 on the horizon.