Homophobic tweet lands Steelman in trouble
- Published on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 09:52
PORT Talbot Town wingman Danny Thomas has been suspended from the club after a homophobic message was sent to Olympic diver Tom Daley.
The player, who only returned to the club this summer from Afan Lido, will be the subject of a club investigation into the message, sent via Twitter, following the popular diver's first appearance at the London 2012 games.
Daley and his partner Peter Waterfield finished fourth in the 10m synchronised dive on Monday and an offensive tweet later appeared from the @DanThomas10 account, which Thomas has claimed was posted by someone else.
The club quickly apologised for the message and has now suspended Thomas while an investigation is carried out.
"Port Talbot Town Football Club can confirm that Daniel Thomas has been suspended from all involvement with the club until we have carried out a full internal investigation," says a statement from the GenQuip Stadium.
"Port Talbot Town Football Club were made aware of an offensive comment appearing on the Twitter feed of one of our players.
"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.
"All footballers at Port Talbot Town will also be briefed on the appropriate use of social media and ensuring it is used securely and responsibly."