Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said his team receive the most social media abuse because they are “boring”.
Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out said that of 130,000 abusive Premier League posts on social media this term, Chelsea had more than any other club.
Mourinho, whose team have a seven-point lead with a game in hand, said: “I think it is because we are boring.
“We have been top of the league since day one. That is something people in this country don’t like.”
Chelsea have already captured the first main domestic trophy of the season, beating Tottenham 2-0 in last month’s Capital One Cup final, Mourinho’s first trophy at the Blues since returning for a second spell at Stamford Bridge on a four-year contract in June 2013.
However, a recent survey found that they fared worst in the Premier League in terms of respect towards referees, to which the 52-year-old Portuguese replied: “I prefer not to answer.”