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Welsh footballer denies sending Tom Daley anti-gay tweet

Welsh footballer denies sending Tom Daley anti-gay tweet

by Benjamin O'Connor31 Jul 2012

Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield gave everything they had at the pool yesterday in the men’s synchronised 10m platform diving event at the London Olympics. In spite of their efforts, they just missed out on a medal position finishing fourth after leading in the early rounds.

Shortly after the event, Daley received the following tweet which attracted national uproar on the micro-blogging platform;

‘You let your Dad down, I hope you know that’.

Daley responded by tweeting: ‘After giving it my all…you get idiots sending me this…’.

Daley’s father Rob died in 2011 from brain cancer and the 17 year-old responsible for the offensive tweet has been arrested.

Hours later, Daley received a second abusive message, this time allegedly from Port Talbot Town Football Club midfielder Daniel Thomas. The Tweet read;

‘If there is any consolation for finishing fourth at least Daley and Waterfield can go and bum each other #teamHIV’

The footballer claims that, whilst the tweet came from his account, it did not come from him personally and that he was the victim of a prank whilst his phone was left unattended.

Port Talbot FC issued the following statement; ‘Upon being informed of the matter, we immediately distanced ourselves from any offensive messages whilst investigating the matter further.’

‘Having spoken at length to the player in question, we believe that he regrettably left his phone unattended and was the victim of a very misguided ‘prank’.’

‘The player issued an immediate apology for the comments which appeared on his Twitter feed and has since deleted his account.’

‘Both the player and club wish to apologise unreservedly to those offended and in no way condone such views.’

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Benjamin O'Connor graduated in Fine Art from Central Saint Martin's in 2007. Having studied Art Criticism under Libby Anson, previous editor of A-N Magazine and Author of 'The A-Z of Art', his interest in the field of criticism and curation began to develop into a desire to write alongside his work. Currently Benjamin is a practicing multimedia Artist, Writer and Curator.