Jeff Stelling was left enraged by abuse he was receiving on social media…
Sky Sports pundit Jeff Stelling has deleted his Twitter account after a user of the social media website abused his 14-year-old son, calling him a ‘s**** goalkeeper’.
Reports in the Daily Mail explain that Stelling told his 415,000 followers the original tweet had been deleted. He angrily wrote: “It is not banter. It’s abuse. My son is 14,” before apologising to his fans for his own use of bad language and quitting the site.
Stelling, who fronts Sky’s Soccer Saturday and the broadcaster’s Champions League footage and is the 58-year-old father-of-three, said he was left ‘steaming’ after he confronted the other user.
Some suggested that the user in question had scored against Stelling’s son in a youth game. Stelling’s full response read: “My apologies for the language but this persons time line simply appalling. I got irritated. Hope I offended no one.”
The former Countdown host then added: “Sorry guys. People can abuse me but not my kids. Signing off from the social network he said: ‘Thanks for your support over last couple of years. Am closing account as I don’t trust myself to respond to some people in a correct way.”
The user, ‘Zak’, thought to also be a teenager, wrote on Twitter that his comments to the presenter had been ‘just banter’ and he ‘didn’t mean to upset’ Stelling. He added: “Apologies Jeff. Your son is class. It was a miss hit volley that trickled into the net.”
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