Club to 'rehabilitate' Oscar tweet player

Published Sunday, 18 May 2014
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Portadown Football Club has pledged to rehabilitate a youth team player who was suspended after tweeting about the death of Oscar Knox.

Club to 'rehabilitate' Oscar tweet player
The comment was made on Twitter after it emerged that Wee Oscar had sadly died. (© Getty)

Michael Bunting apologised for a comment he made on the social network site relating to little Oscar, who lost his battle against cancer last Thursday.

A statement from Portadown FC said Michael has to live with the fallout from his "cruel words" but added that the club has a duty of care to rehabilitate the young man back into society.

It continued: "Michael and his family now have to face the fallout from his actions and help rebuild this young lad's life.

"We believe he deserves a second chance and as such, Portadown FC and Portadown Youth will fully partake in a programme of rehabilitation for Michael, along with his school and other sporting bodies, with a view to re-integrating him back into society."

The statement added that Portadown is working on a social media code of conduct for all players in its under age groups and will try to help them "make better decisions" in this area.

It went on: "We as a club have a duty of care to all our young players and will not shirk our responsibilities just because it's a difficult case. We would like to thank the officials and coaches of Portadown Youth for their integrity and unqualified support throughout this process.

"Michael remains suspended from the club."

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41 Comments
Rachael in Derry wrote (152 days ago):
Obviously this young lad made a huge mistake. Doesn't mean he shouldn't be allowed a second chance. Nobody can say they are perfect or that they haven't said something they shouldn't about somebody or something in a situation as terrible as this. Wee Oscar had his life cut short. Surely that shows just how precious life is and that we should live life to the full. Therefore, Michaels life should not be ruined over one mistake.
sean in armagh wrote (153 days ago):
The headteacher and priests at his school should also educate him as to how wrong and unacceptable his comments were to society
uh in belfast wrote (154 days ago):
wat this boy dun was wrong, actually it was sick, bt do any of yous adults ere ave teenage kids, do they use social media, im pretty sure ur teenagers have made comments before, thst u wudnt b proud of, onli difference is, ur teenager didnt get caught! how wud u feel if this was ur son, every1 seems to be gunnin for! give him a break
Jim in Carrickfergus wrote (154 days ago):
He was a silly boy the rest of the comments are all the old them and us
gerard in belfast wrote (154 days ago):
1st and foremost we have all made mistakes yes this young lad did something a lot off us would not i think he was trying to look big to his mates but like another comment made our so called mlas do a lot worse and some our cowards aswell the best way i think is to take him to a children hospice and let him see what these kids have to go through and see how lucky he is i do not care what religion he is he has to be showed that he was wrong on what he did even if pdfc had sack him another club would have took him on so it would have been there lost not his but yes something need to be done to let him and other young girls and boys dont make the same mistake trying to be funny and look big oscar is at peace now he is out of his pain may he rest in peace please god
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