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    I've just made a donation at www.ljsfoundation.or to honour the memory of Luey Jacob. may I suggest others do likewise, even the smallest donation can be a gesture of support and solidarity for Billy and Jade in these difficult circumstances, and will show that this sick idiot's appalling behaviour has actually increased awareness of their commendable endeavours. I hope this is properly invesigated, and the perpetrator dealt with severely to show the other retards out there that you cannot get away with this kind of abuse, be it towards sportsmen or anyone else. well done Billy for responding in such a mature and dignified manner. stay strong, we're going to need your kind of talent back in the Prem...
    Amen to a sensible post on this subject...

    Well done to Billy, legend wherever he roams - thank the Lord he's a Saint :-)
    But why should this act be punished? It's upsetting, but ultimately not harmful. You call the perpetrator a "retard". Should the police investigate this? It's the same thing. You are posting derogatory remarks about someone else, on the Internet. Where is the line drawn? What's acceptable speech and what's not? You're getting dangerously close to thoughtcrime here
    It's purely a matter of common sense. We in this country, have bent over so far backwards to be 'fair', we seem to have lost sight of ordinary common sense. To say that these remarks caused no harm is naieve and disingenuous. It is about what's right and what's acceptable and the person who made these comments, if not made to understand why it is wrong, and to suffer consequences will only go on to escalate. No one just goes out to rob a bank nor to commit other serious crimes without forewarning. It starts in a small way, stealing sweets or whatever, and I know that many children grow out of this behaviour but it all begins like this. If you cannot see just how wrong this behaviour is then it is a sad indictment of our society that anyone can be so inured to atrocity that they find this behaviour merely a minor annoyance.
    Who said anything about fairness? Common sense? Where's the common sense in calling the police every time someone says something unpleasant? Where's the common sense in villifying one person who says something derogatory, ignoring the millions of others who are doing so, simply because he chose to be derogatory toward someone famous?

    Funnily enough, I'm being painted as some lily-livered liberal for some reason, but the thinking that says "arrest the man who tweeted something nasty" is the same thinking that wants kids involved in playground scuffles to be arrested and prosecuted for "assault". Talk to me about common sense, please.
    what was said was more than unpleasant, it was sick, vile, evil and repugnant. by punishing the "person" who did this to someone famous, you send a warning to all those who do it to others.
    you seem to have time on your hands, have you seen Billy's goal & tribute, or the tweets in question? both are linked in this thread. please try to understand what so many people are upset about, and have some sympathy for Jade & their families, non-famous people who will have been just as deeply if not more hurt by these comments.
    *headdesk* I do understand what so many people are upset about. Just because I don't share the bloodlust of the rest of you, doesn't mean I don't understand it. I just don't think it's a matter for the law. But hey, let's just arrest everyone for everything, and the world will magically turn into a fairytale toytown, with candy floss trees and streets paved with marshmallows"
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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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