BILLY Magoulias admits rugby league players are there to be shot at – but wishing players were dead was too much.
Warrington team-mate Josh Charnley was on the receiving end of vile abuse during the Wolves’ loss to Hull KR.
“Long-term bans” were handed to an 18-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman as a result – the male in question will meet the winger.
Now forward Magoulias, who arrived from NRL side Cronulla, has come out fighting those who spout such nonsense online.
Criticise all you want, it comes with the job, but things like that are just way, way too far.
He said: “We’re professional players, so we’ve got to cop stuff when we get it but that was out of line.
“Stuff like that is just crap. It’s serious when someone says that to you or writes it about you, you take it really personally.
“Josh had every right to take it that way. It’s just poor form from whoever did that.
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“I didn’t feel the weight of expectation at Cronulla that much but here it’s pretty ruthless. Fans here are probably better than Australia when you’re winning and probably worse when you’re losing.
“It’s been a frustrating start for me but I’ve been in that situation before. For me, it’s just relaxing, keep taking a deep breath and keep training hard.
“I was lucky enough to play alongside fellas like Luke Lewis, Wade Graham and Paul Gallen when I was younger and I learned from seeing how they react.
“Looking at how high quality players carried themselves taught me as a young kid.”
Warrington’s season will plunge to a new low should Salford defeat them tonight.
But Magoulias, 25, is in no doubt that Daryl Powell’s squad is more than capable of coming good.
He added: “It’ll turn around. Sometimes the harder you try, the worse it gets. If you keep beating yourself up about it, it doesn’t really help.
“Talent isn’t an issue, it’s just bringing it all together. We’re just not doing the simple things in the game effectively.”