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    IronLady2010 wrote:
    WobblyCat wrote:
    IronLady2010 wrote:
    sk8srsinking wrote:
    IronLady2010 wrote:
    pompey phil wrote: I must say that who ever the doncaster fan is wants stringing up and battered thats just sick lock him up and throw away the key,but knowing the justice system he probably get a fine or community service.
    Without causing an argument, your words are no better than his? Stringing up and battering??? You're all as bad as each other when it comes to football, I really don't understand the need for violence from either side!
    Actually the comments from pompey phil show the human side to us football fans. Normally we are seen as the enemy (Scum and Skates) but his comments show that the vile comments posted on twitter are from pondlife. And before someone comes on here and ssya football fans cant read then how come i went to a well know private school in hill lane and went onto study at a top university. Iron lady if you detest football then stay off the football sites. Pompey Phil good luck in finding a new owner hope we can continue the friendly rivalry.
    I would love to stay off football sites, but the echo insist in posting the rubbish in NEWS!

    When a topic is posted in news I have as much right to reply as you do. I do not venture into the sport section!
    Thank god!
    What, that I'm not sad? Watching men running around in tight shorts chasing balls.

    Prefer to go to a wine bar and hold a conversation with friends.
    About 20 posts between 4.22 and 11pm tells me you haven't got any friends to go to a wine bar and hold a conversation with. Sad - very, very sad."
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Southampton striker Billy Sharp victim of vile abuse on Twitter from Doncaster fan

Billy Sharp in action for Saints against West Ham

Billy Sharp in action for Saints against West Ham

First published in Crime Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

INVESTIGATIONS have been launched into sickening abuse sent to Saints striker Billy Sharp goading him over the heartbreaking death of his baby son.

The footballer was subjected to a barrage of messages over the Internet talking about the death of his two-day- old child last year.

Saints fans and supporters of other clubs have condemned the person behind the abuse, calling for police to take action.

The footballer and girlfriend Jade were hit by tragedy last October when their son, Luey Jacob, died through complications caused by gastroschisis – a herniatype birth defect.

Mr Sharp was playing for Doncaster Rovers at the time, and emotionally dedicated a goal to his child just three days later, revealing a T-shirt with the message “That’s for you son”.

The 26-year-old and Jade have since set up a charity, the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation, which is aimed at supporting families affected by gastroschisis, and raising awareness of the condition.

Mr Sharp signed for Saints at the end of January for around £1.8m, having scored 40 goals in 82 appearances for Doncaster.

Fans were quick to condemn the string of offensive posts made on the social networking site Twitter.

They were posted by a user who called himself Chris Boyd, claiming to be a Doncaster fan, upset that the striker had left the club for Saints.

He posted them just hours after the footballer had played in Saints’ crunch Championship top-of-thetable draw at West Ham.

Mr Sharp yesterday used his personal Twitter account to respond to the comments, which have subsequently been deleted.

The footballer said: “Shallow little boy, hope you’re proud of yourself”.

Saints fans representative Nick Illingsworth called for police action.

He added: “If I was someone from Doncaster I would want them found, and probably want them in the stocks in the town centre.”

Doncaster Rovers have launched an investigation into the abuse, and vowed to take “appropriate action” if the person can be traced.

However it is understood the individual is not a season ticket holder, and not on the club’s database as a regular ticket buyer.

The club said in statement said: “The club will not tolerate the misuse of social media or obscene language in any way.”

Police in Hampshire and South Yorkshire said yesterday they had not received any complaints, but would investigate if anyone reported them.

As well as the possibility the comments could represent harassment, the tweets could fall foul of communications legislation, which says that it is illegal to send anything “indecent or offensive” that is aimed at “causing distress or anxiety” to either the recipient, or anyone else who could read it.

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