French striker Thomas Henry and his family received death threats after he missed a penalty kick in the last moments during his team Hellas Verona's 1-2 loss to its host Inter in the 19th round of the Italian Football League.
Henry (29 years old) wrote on his Instagram account, “To all those who think they know football better than anyone else and insult my family while wishing death for me and my family, I hope you find peace one day in your young life.”
The French striker equalized for Verona in the 74th minute, just 45 seconds after he entered the field instead of Bosnian Milan Duric (the fastest goal scored by a substitute in the Italian league this season), in his third goal this season, before missing a penalty kick in the tenth minute of time. Stoppage time for the second half after his ball hit the right post of Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
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The French striker continued, “One day you win and the next you lose. One day you score and the next you lose. This is the life of a football player and I am proud that I scored for the second time in my career at the San Siro Stadium.”
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Henry wore the Nantes shirt (2015-2016) among several French clubs, before he became a professional in Belgium, and joined the Italian League, starting with Venezia (2021-2022) and then Verona since 2022.
Henry suffered a tear in the cruciate ligament in his right knee in February 2023, causing him to miss the 2022-2023 season.
Leader Inter scored the winning goal against Verona by arbitration decision, despite the return to the video assistant referee, which Verona considered “scandalous and disrespectful.”
Inter players were also criticized for celebrating when Henry missed the penalty, with Italian internationals Federico Dimarco and Francesco Acerbi taunting him immediately after his failed attempt.