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Hull Stingrays captain quits after online abuse

ESPN staff
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Hull Stingrays captain Matt Suderman has cited suffering abuse on social media websites as one of the reasons why he has decided to leave the club and consider his ice hockey future.

Suderman told the Hull Daily Mail that online abuse has made him want to quit the sport, and that he does not have any plans to return in the near future.

"Some of the fans are the worst I've played in front of. They think they are knowledgeable, but they aren't," Suderman told the newspaper.

"Some send me personal messages and all sorts of stuff. There's a lot of reasons for my decision, but those are the main ones. I'm pretty sure I'll be done ice hockey-wise, but something could come up that I'd have to consider, but I've nothing planned right now."

The Canadian played his final game for the club on Sunday, while coach Sylvain Cloutier admitted it was a big blow to lose him.

"Obviously the keyboard warriors have got to him and he's decided to go home," Cloutier told BBC Radio Humberside. "It's hard because these guys aren't getting paid millions of pounds and they put their bodies on the line.

"It can affect anyone and to take the kind of abuse he took was totally unfair. I think it's been going on for a few weeks and it's really tough to lose him. We wish him all the best."

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