Andrea Pirlo's 17-year-old son receives death threats over Juventus' form
Andrea Pirlo's son, Nick, has revealed death threats he has received in response to Juventus' disappointing form in recent weeks.
Juventus are currently fourth in Serie A, with only goal difference separating them from fifth placed AC Milan. Recent draws to Fiorentina and Torino, as well as losses to Benevento and Atalanta, have seen the Old Lady fall away from the title race, with Inter Milan set to end Juve's nine-year run of consecutive league titles.
Pirlo took over from Maurizio Sarri last summer, having been fast-tracked straight into the top job, with no managerial experience, even at youth level.
So of course, there have been some bumps along the road.
But sadly, the reaction from fans has predictably gone way past disgruntled tweets among themselves and constructive criticism of the side's tactics. Some fans have sent abusive messages, including death threats, to the manager's son.
Posting on Instagram to bring attention to the issue, Nick Pirlo wrote: "I am not a person who judges, I don't like to do it. Everyone has the right to say what they want. I am the first to do it and I would never want anyone to take away my freedom of speech.
"My parents have taught me to have ideas, and above all, to listen to those of others.
"But I believe there is a limit to everything, but for some time now this limit has been exceeded."
"I'm 17 years old and on a daily basis, I receive messages like this," he continued, showing an example in the second slide of the post that reads: "You must die with your father."
"Not because I've done something in particular, but only because I'm the son of a coach," he continued.
"This would be my 'fault', and the motivation behind people sending me messages of death threats and various insults," he added, sarcastically.
He concluded the post by saying: "I would like to ask you to put yourselves in my shoes for just a second and ask you how you would feel."