Nicholson discusses social media criticism surrounding Sherrock: "People have used her situation and caused this toxic caldron"
Paul Nicholson has hit back at critics of Fallon Sherrock who for many has become a polarising figure despite bringing new eyes onto the game due to her exploits at the Alexandra Palace and further afield blazing a history making trail.
In his latest column for Sporting Life, Nicholson said that social media has become a toxic cauldron for this to brew and that while constructive viewpoints especially regarding a hot topic in the Premier League are welcomed, those less constructive should not be aimed at the 27-year-old.
"The whole Fallon Sherrock debate isn’t about Fallon Sherrock as a person or player. Her name and performances are simply being used by social media users and personalities as an inflammatory topic to get themselves interaction with others," said Nicholson on Sporting Life.
"It’s not about her. She’s done nothing to inflame anyone or anything. In fact she’s been classy from the start. She’s mentioned Lisa’s achievements, congratulated others, celebrated her own achievements and done her best.
"But people have used her situation and caused this toxic caldron just to make themselves more relevant.
"Obviously there have been fellow pundits like Wayne Mardle and Laura Turner - as well as players including Peter Wright - bigging her up for Premier League selection but their reasons are very fairly based on her undeniable brilliance on stage last year and also the undoubted widespread appeal she has.
"Constructively disagreeing with these valid views is fine, but why spread hate and mock anyone for them? And certainly don’t aim it at Fallon! Sky Sports doing montages on Fallon isn’t her fault – and they’re not her idea either!"
"She’s young, has superb ability, immense character and is also being used as a vehicle to bring more women into the game.
"The debate surrounding her is generally good but unfortunately the social media activity inflames it to toxicity.
"Why do people want her to fail? The British sporting culture perhaps? We now need to focus on being positive instead of being sensationalist and tabloid."