Football player 'sorry' for Oscar tweet

Published Saturday, 10 May 2014
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A Portadown Youth Player has been suspended by his club following a comment he made on Twitter relating to the death of little Oscar Knox, who died on Thursday after a brave battle with cancer.

Football player 'sorry' for Oscar tweet
The player has deleted his Twitter account. (© Getty)

The club suspended the teenager on Friday night pending further investigations, naming him on Twitter as Michael Bunting.

"This behaviour is totally unacceptable to everyone at Portadown FC as we share the grief & loss of this tragic young boys short life," the club said.

On Saturday, Michael Bunting issued the following statement through his club, after deleting his own Twitter account.

"I would like to issue a public apology on behalf of myself over an incident on social media yesterday were I made a cruel comment under a friends post about the death of Oscar Knox.

"First & foremost I would like to apologise to the Knox family & to my parents, friends, family & Portadown FC.

"I have caused a lot of pain & suffering to the Knox family, my parents & those at Portadown FC. I made a severe error of judgement & understand people's anger. I'll suffer the consequences of my actions & again I'm truly sorry."

It is understood police are investigating after a number of abusive messages were posted on social networks on Friday.

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annie in newtownabbey wrote (102 days ago):
What did he write on twitter i didnt see it? non of us agree with nasty behaviour BUT this fella im sure is suffering enough and dosnt deserve to lose his job im sure hes worked hard on from being a young lad we need to forgive and forget we all say things without thinking we r all guilty of it! Leave the team and this lad alone they will payed enough for this awful mistake hes made hes still someone's son, i have a son of ny own and no how silly they can be at times sadly for this lad hes done it on twitter for the hole of norn iron to judge and slate him
Green Onion in Co. Sligo wrote (102 days ago):
Threatening these guys is not going to solve anything, what worries me is that they thought it ok to write the comments that they did, what sort of an upbringing are they getting? Why did they think it was ok to write such vile comments?
Jos in Belfast wrote (102 days ago):
The young lad made a mistake leave him be its one he will never forget. Im sure everyone who commented on here has made some mistakes in their past.
Observer in UK wrote (102 days ago):
John in Armagh "ensure that this young man is not in a position as regards his football career to even get the chance to become an example for others to follow"....pity such standards are not upheld at Stormont.
Marty in Birmingham wrote (102 days ago):
June in Lurgan. I agree with you except your reference to the comments being meant as a 'Joke'. Sorry this bile admittedly foolish can only be referred to as purely sectarian. Unfortunately this is all too common in NI. There are many people on social media who continue to spout sectarian abuse and think it's fine. In particular this type of language is still endemic in NI especially in football circles. Hopefully these boys will learn a vital lesson however this sort of language was learnt more than likely in the home or in the circles these boys move in. Whilst he has apologised the apology comes after public disgrace and sectarianism will continue nevertheless.
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