The Former Hannover 96, Benfica, Borussia Monchengladbach and Barcelona goalkeeper Enke’s career was affected by depression and he took his own life at the age of 32.
Arsenal goalkeeper, Bernd Leno says he no longer looks at social media comments regarding his own performances after he had encountered someone online who told him to “do it like Enke” following a bad game while at Bayer Leverkusen.
“Of course I have a lot of experience with that, here and also in Germany. There was one thing that kept in my mind, it was crazy,” Leno told Sky Sports News. “I had a very bad game and then one guy on social media said to me ‘do it like Enke’.
“Since I read this I realize that there are so many stupid people on social media. That is the reason I don’t read it even when everything is good. I don’t need that, it doesn’t make me better, it is wasting time.
“There are so many fake people that hide behind their computers to make you feel bad. Many times with racism, abuse to families, I don’t like it, I don’t read it. It affects your life, what is the point?”
However, Last Wednesday, Instagram had announced that it will impose stricter penalties including the removal of accounts to prevent abusive messages on its platform after a number of recent cases of racist abuse in football.