Emmerdale spoilers follow.
Emmerdale fans have expressed their anger over Paul Ashdale (Reece Dinsdale) turning violent with son Vinny Dingle (Bradley Johnson) again.
The Christmas Eve special on Thursday (December 24) saw Paul's secret gambling once again revealed, this time by Liv Flaherty (Isobel Steele).
Although Liv tried to cover her tracks by encouraging Vinny to give his father another chance, he triggered Paul's anger by calling him "weak" when he discovered his dad's gambling app.
Paul's abusive tendencies resurfaced once again, as he viciously attacked his son in an attempt to keep him quiet. Later, Vinny grew more conflicted over whether to reveal what had happened to his mom Mandy (Lisa Riley), when she broke down remembering the child she'd lost years earlier.
Vinny struggled over whether to tell Mandy about his father's abuse, so Paul once again piled on the pressure.
"I am done gambling. I am done hurting you. You might not believe it, but I swear on your mum's life," Paul said while trying to manipulate his son.
Paul twisted things around to make Vinny feel like his son would be responsible for ruining Mandy's happiness should he tell the truth about the gambling, saying: "Your choice, son. Tell her, and break her heart again, or put it behind us and concentrate on making her happy."
Feeling the pressure, Vinny appeared to back down once again. Viewers were furious to see Paul continuing to use violence and psychological abuse to control his son.
More viewer outrage is below:
I hate Paul! Just watch your back when Mandy finds out you've been hurting Vinny #Emmerdale
— Michelle🎅🎄💕 (@mishybabez_) December 24, 2020
— Westie (@wee_westie27) December 24, 2020
The Emmerdale Christmas special airs on Friday (December 25) at 6pm on ITV.
The National Gambling Treatment Service offers free, confidential help for anyone who is worried about their gambling, or someone else's gambling. Call the 24-hour freephone National Gambling Helpline on 0808 802 0133, or visit begambleaware.org. Further information and resources can be found on the Gambling Commission's website.
Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 (www.nspcc.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline on (1-800-422-4453) or the American SPCC (www.americanspcc.org).
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