Willian tore up Corinthians contract after ‘threats made to his daughters’

Fulham summer signing Willian has revealed that part of his reason to end his Corinthians dream return was down to abuse that was suffered by his daughters.

The Brazilian made the move back to the Neo Quimica Arena – where he began his career as a 10-year-old. After leaving in 2007 for Shakhtar, his grand return in 2021 was heralded as a major coup – 14 years after his departure.

But it became quickly evident that neither party were happy with each other with fans getting on the winger's back for what was perceived as a number of poor performances. After one year, Willian had managed just one goal in 35 outings.

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Eventually, the irritation turned into fury and the 34-year-old – who has two young daughters – started receiving some horrific online abuse. It even led to the police being called after threats being made to his family.

“I left because of the threats to me and my family,” he told Globo. “The threats never stopped. Whenever Corinthians lost, and if I hadn’t played well, my family would receive threats and insults online.

“My wife, my daughters… after a while they even started to attack my dad and my sister. When I came back to Brazil, I knew there would be pressure and that I would be criticised.

"But I didn’t come back to Brazil to be threatened. I know it’s a minority but it has a really big impact. It leaves a mental scar, particularly on my daughters.”

In August, Willian ripped up his contract – much like he did after just one year at Arsenal – and moved back to London where he began training with Fulham.

After two weeks, the Cottagers snapped him up on a free transfer where the winger will play in the Premier League for his third London club after Chelsea and the Gunners.


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