Published Sunday, 18 May 2014
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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