Scared Savage calls senders of death threats cowards

LONDON: Birmingham City midfielder Robbie Savage admits he is scared after receiving death threats, but says those responsible will be caught. 

Threats appeared on his personal website after Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin was dismissed for head-butting him – in response to something Savage had said – during City's stormy 2-0 derby win on Monday at Villa Park. 

“I will be honest and say it is scary,” Savage said on the website on Friday. 

“I think they are cowards. But it only takes one lunatic out there to do something and that is it, game over. 

“One death threat is too many. But what these people who are putting things on the website don't realise is that they are traceable. They will get caught.” 

City manager Steve Bruce provided an insight into how Savage was coping with the current situation, telling Friday's Daily Mirror: “Robbie is very perturbed.  

“He doesn't know which way to turn because despite his image, underneath it all he's as soft as anything. 

“Apart from this website nonsense, with people posting death threats, someone has got hold of his mobile number and is sticking in calls every hour of the day and night. 

“And on top of that, he's had letters shoved through his front door promising all sorts. The poor kid doesn't know where to turn. 

“You could also add on the fact that Robbie's wife is four weeks away from giving birth to their first baby. Robbie doesn't know what has hit him – and in my opinion he simply doesn't deserve any of this.” 

In the wake of the threatening messages, however, Savage's website has also received many e-mails backing the combative Welsh midfielder. 

“It's key to note that the small-minded fans who have sent death threats and hate mail is very limited and Robbie has received over 99 per cent of supportive e-mails from footballs fans throughout the world,” a website statement said. 

Dublin apologised for the head-butt during a specially arranged news conference on Tuesday, saying he was ashamed of what he had done. However, he would not reveal what Savage had said to him, telling reporters: “It's irrelevant.” – Reuters 

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