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Craig Foster blasts social media trolls after Liverpool legends game

Former Socceroo Craig Foster has hit back at vile social media critics following Thursday's clash between Liverpool Legends and Australian Legends at ANZ Stadium.

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Foster hugged his "nervous" daughter during the national anthem, leading to a series of repugnant jokes and nasty comments on both Twitter and Facebook during and after the match, which Liverpool won 4-0 in front of just over 40,000 people.

The Fairfax Media columnist's full statement took aim at the "depravity" of social media, as he spoke about his now-justified decisions to always attempt to shield his family from social media attention. 

The 46-year-old retired from football in 2003, after a long career featuring spells in both England and Australia, as well as 29 caps for Australia and nine goals.