A non-league footballer apologised today for taunting a Premier League star over his stillborn baby on Twitter in a ‘moment of madness’ – and said he is autistic.
Alfie Barker, 18, a striker for Codicote in the South Midlands League, posted the messages to Harry Arter during Bournemouth’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal last night.
In yesterday’s match, Arsenal came back from 3-0 down to draw level late on, so Mr Barker tweeted Arter directly and said: ‘At least you didn’t lose your kid’.
The footballer then added: ‘Big hype just for a disappointment like the 9 months leading up to your childs (sic) birth.’
But today, an apologetic Mr Barker said he was ‘so sorry about what I have done’ and revealed his aunt had suffered two miscarriages in the last five years… More at (cough) The Daily Mail.
What happened yesterday sums up the problems that Twitter faces. For those of you who are unaware of the situation, the photo above was taken when Harry After was removed from the pitch during a match last year. He had played a brilliant game, but lost it at the end and had to be helped by his manager and assistant manager. Harry and his wife, Rachel, had lost a baby a few days before, but he still turned up and he played the game of his life and more than a year later pops up a non-league footballer with the most abusive insults you can think of.
He has lost his job now and apparently lives with ADHD and a mild form of autism, but my sympathies are currently ranging from zero to just below zero. Jerk.