FC Bayern München defender Mats Hummels feels football supporters have become "much more disrespectful" in recent years, according to his experience in Germany.
Hummels was reacting to a recent incident where Carlo Ancelotti was spat at by Hertha Berlin fans following their 1-1 draw at the Olympiastadion Berlin.
Ancelotti responded by making an offensive gesture which could see him face disciplinary action after admitting to his actions.
After the game, the manager told ARD Sportschau: "Yes, I made the gesture because I was spat on.”
In an interview with Sport Bild, Hummels said: "It seems that there is a growing tendency to abuse and insult players.
"Fans seemingly project their frustration and anger on the players and coaches. This results in insults and even in people spitting at us.
"Insulting players and coaches and spitting on us is simply wrong. You cannot go out and walk around town and just start insulting people or spit at them either.
"Generally speaking, the way fans treat players has become much more disrespectful over the past nine or 10 years or so. But we have to deal with it in the end."
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