South Sydney was forced to take a drastic step when fans hit young star Jaxson Paulo with vile abuse

South Sydney was forced to take a drastic step when fans hit young star Jaxson Paulo with vile abuse

South Sydney was forced to take a drastic step when fans hit young star Jaxson Paulo with vile abuse

South Sydney supporters have gone out on their own, with torrents of abuse directed at young Jaxson Paulo after he had a night to forget in the Rabbitohs’ 26-22 loss to Penrith on Thursday night.

The winger failed to kill two regulation attempts and made five errors in the loss, ensuring the Panthers will finish the regular season as the NRL’s first minors.

Fans savagely attacked the 22-year-old, blaming him for the loss and confronting him with vile abuse.

South Sydney was forced to take a drastic step when fans hit young star Jaxson Paulo with vile abuse

Paulo contacts the test line in sight. It was one of the two attempts that the fans reproached him for not scoring

That resulted in Paulo changing his Instagram account to private and South Sydney shutting down comments on his match’s official Facebook thread.

‘Full time. We have now disabled comments, we are all in this together,” the post read.

While most of the comments were moderated and removed from social media, many remain.

‘This is NRL football…not a counseling session. Paulo is complete and utter shit and he plays like a pony. He made us lose the game, simple as that. The sooner fans stop wrapping players in cotton, the better,” posted one furious supporter.

Paulo is paid good money to play soccer. It was shit, he has to go. That should be his last game at Souths’, said another.

‘I don’t want to see Jackson play for us again, dodging hopelessly, we lost the game, we’re still proud of the team effort, but Jackson [sic] has to go,’ posted another.

The South Sydney media team closed the comments due to the abuse directed at Paulo.

The South Sydney media team closed the comments due to the abuse directed at Paulo.

Former NRL player Keith Galloway has criticized the abuse directed at the Souths, pointing out the hypocrisy of calling for better mental health support after the tragic death of Paul Green, and then attacking players who have a poor game.

“Last week everyone was preaching about mental health, this week people are attacking Jaxson Paulo online, I hope the poor kid doesn’t read social media. It’s just a football game,” he said.

Following the loss, Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou indicated that Paulo could face the hack for his performance.

“We’ll sit down and have a talk,” Demetriou said.

‘Against the top teams, that’s the level you have to get to. As a youngster, you understand that every mistake has an impact on the game.

“I still think we should have defended better, Liam Martin hits a barge-over to win the game, that’s a tackle we have to make, and we didn’t make it.”

Fox Sports commentators were also quick to point out Paulo’s mistakes.

“Head denial, Jaxson Paulo didn’t commit enough on this one,” said Andrew Voss after Paulo missed his first attempt.

“He had the lottery, he had the winning ticket, he blew it away, what happened,” Voss said.

‘Jaxson Paulo, that’s his second chance tonight,’ he added as Paul bombed his second.

“He was moving, they gave him a chance, then he spilled his lollipops,” said Fox League’s Michael Ennis.

Souths fans were quick to rally behind their beleaguered winger on Friday.

‘How about you leave the boy alone? Do you think he deliberately set out to have a bad game? He would feel bad enough without our so-called fanatics attacking him. When did we become a club that insults our players?’ a supporter asked.

Many fans have now urged people to consider Paulo's mental health before attacking him.

Many fans have now urged people to consider Paulo’s mental health before attacking him.

“I’m sick of players getting bagged, yes he had a bad game but no need to crucify the youngster,” said another.

‘Please stop making these direct comments about accidental player mistakes. Stop and think about what mental buttons you can push when selecting or ridiculing any unintentional mistake an individual might make,” another fan posted.

Penrith’s supporters also showed empathy towards Paulo and called on NRL fans to leave the young winger alone.

‘Notice the South Sydney page has now disabled comments for last night’s game. Given what I saw last night at the Accor stadium, and how some of the fans were about to have an aneurysm screaming and abusing both players on the team. [and supporters] I’m not surprised. Passion is good, I applaud it, but you don’t have to be wild animals either,” one Panthers fan posted.

“Some of the stuff I’ve seen written about Jaxson Paulo is disgusting and his comments should be turned off,” said another.

‘Their [sic] not bad I was reading it last night and this morning it was wild,” posted another.

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