Non League Footballer Sacked After Sending Vile Tweets To Bournemouth’s Harry Arter
Posted by Kieran Cross | Published on January 4, 2017
Non League Footballer Alfie Barker has been sacked by his club, Hitchin Town FC, after sending shocking abuse to Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter following Bournemouth’s 3-3 draw against Arsenal on Tuesday night.
The tweets, sent directly to the Irish midfielder, referred to the tragic loss of Arter’s daughter, Renee, who was unfortunately stillborn back in 2015.
The player’s tweets sparked a furious reaction amongst other Twitter users.
— Ayden Callaghan (@AydenCallaghan) January 4, 2017
Well ain't @Alfjbarker1 a grade A cuntpig….
At least you apologised and not say you'd been hacked like most people…..oh wait
— david burnham (@burnham85) January 4, 2017
The player initially claimed that his account was hacked, before backtracking and issuing a grovelling apology.
After the furious backlash, the player deleted his account.
Barker, who was on loan to Codicote FC, has since had his contract terminated by Hitchin Town, who said:
“The club adopts a responsible approach to social media and would expect any player connected to Hitchin Town to do likewise.
“In the light of the player’s irresponsible and anti-social behaviour, we are terminating Alfie Barker’s registration and relationship with the club with immediate effect.”
The full statement can be found here.
Hitchin’s manager, Mark Burke, also told the BBC that the player’s actions were nothing short of disgraceful.
“I’ve seen the tweets and I’m disgusted with them. They’re vile and I can’t condone them in any way.”
AFC Bournemouth have also lodged a formal complaint with the FA, which could see Barker receive a hefty fine, and even a ban from football for a period of time, although this may be purely academic as he will almost definitely struggle to find a team willing to take him in.