Club to 'rehabilitate' Oscar tweet player

Club to 'rehabilitate' Oscar tweet player

Portadown Football Club has pledged to rehabilitate a youth team player who was suspended after tweeting about the death of Oscar Knox.

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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