Mel condemns Ridgewell abuse
West Bromwich Albion boss Pepe Mel has condemned the 'so-called supporters' who have abused Liam Ridgewell on social media sites.
The left-back picked up a knee injury in Monday's 3-1 defeat at Manchester City which forced Mel's side to finish the game with 10 men.
Medial ligament damage means he will play no part against West Ham United on Saturday and will also be forced to sit out a trip to Arsenal the following weekend.
His experience could be crucial as West Brom continue to battle to beat the drop, but certain sections of the club's fan base do not see things that way.
Comments posted on their official Facebook page - which have since been deleted - wished permanent injury on a man who signed from Birmingham City in January 2012.
Mel believes those speaking out against the 31-year-old are in the minority, but has blasted the trolls and called for a united front as West Brom seek to edge clear of relegation danger.
He said: "Ridgewell has played well and been performing at a good level.
"I think the true fans will be there on Saturday and showing their support for the guys."
A statement released by the WBA Former Players' Association added: "We are extremely shocked that so-called Albion fans can make such personal comments.
"We know it is only a minority of 'idiots' making these comments but it is both uncalled for and unwelcome.
"The association would like to see all fans getting behind the team as a whole and individuals in particular."