Reading‘s Ibrahima Sonko says he is "scared" ahead of the clash at Chelsea after receiving numerous death threats after his collision with Oilers’ keeper Carlo Cudicini.
The Italian was hurt in a collision with Sonko in October, the same game that also saw Petr Cech suffer head injuries and John Terry take up a position between the sticks.
Sonko is pensive ahead of the Boxing Day game at Stamford Bridge.
He said: "I’ve been scared. You have to take the letters seriously. Some people are nasty and capable of stupid things when it comes to revenge."
Cudicini was carried off on a stretcher suffering from concussion, and
Cech was left with a fractured skull after a clash with Reading’s
Stephen Hunt in Chelsea’s 1-0 win.
Hunt received death threats, and Sonko has also been on the receiving
end of hate mail.
He told The Sun: "That incident has gone away. But now the next game is
coming up. Me and Stephen probably got letters from the same people. At first it made me laugh, then when
the second one came it started to get serious. I got scared. You don’t know where the letters have come from so you
don’t know how to protect yourself. I was more worried about how and when they would do it. I can look
after myself as long as I see it coming. But you don’t know when it will happen and you have to start looking
around you, being careful about who you are standing with. Knowing we are going to Chelsea next week, you think
maybe this person will think about it again. This had nothing to do with Chelsea. It was stupid people with nothing
to do other than sending letters." Calling them stupid? Sounds like fighting talk to me… [Mof Gimmers]