Tom Daley abusive Tweet probe: Welsh footballer Daniel Thomas suspended

Olympian diver, Tom Daley on the front side

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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Olympian diver, Tom Daley on the front sideA Welsh Premier League footballer, Daniel Thomas has been suspended after sending an abusive message to Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Port Talbot Town FC has confirmed its midfielder will be the subject of an internal investigation into a tweet sent to Team GB diver, Daley.

Daley, 18, and diving partner Pete Waterfield missed out a medal win at the 2012 Olympics as they finished fourth in the 10m synchronised dive on Monday.

It has been reported that a homophobic message was sent to Daley’s Twitter page from the 10DanThomas10 account, which has since been deleted.

Earlier this week, in a separate incident, a 17-year-old was arrested over a malicious tweet relating to Daley’s late father and was given a warning.

Police told that the teenager was given a harassment warning before being bailed pending an investigation into other communications on his Twitter account.

A club spokesperson has stated: “Port Talbot Town Football Club can confirm Daniel Thomas has been suspended from all involvement with the club until we have carried out a full internal investigation. We were made aware to an offensive comment appearing on the Twitter feed of one of our players. Upon being informed of the matter, we immediately distanced ourselves from any offensive messages whilst investigating the matter further. Having spoken at length to the player in question, we believe he regrettably left his phone unattended and was the victim of a very misguided ‘prank’.”

Thomas had apologised “unreservedly” and in no way the views made in the tweet can be ignored.

The spokesperson has further added: “All footballers at Port Talbot Town will also be briefed on the appropriate use of social media and ensuring it is used securely and responsibly.”

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