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Collymore reactivates Twitter account after Ulrika report

Former footballer Stan Collymore has reactivated his Twitter account only hours after deleting it due to a newspaper interview with his former girlfriend Ulrika Jonsson who called him a "hypocrite".

Stan Collymore has reactivated his Twitter account. Credit: Twitter / @StanCollymore

Ms Jonsson, who was hit by the former England striker in a Paris bar in 1998, told The Sun it was "ironic" he was campaigning against Twitter trolls sending him racist messages and death threats given "his history of violence."

Collymore account deactivated after Ulrika comments

Football pundit Stan Collymore's Twitter account was deactivated after his former girlfriend Ulrika Jonsson described the former England striker a "hypocrite" during a newspaper interview.

The Sun published an interview with Jonsson on its front page, during which she described Collymore as a "hypocrite" after the former England striker called on Twitter to tackle the issue of internet trolls after receiving death threats.

She told The Sun: "No one should give this man a platform to claim he is a victim. With his history of violence it is beyond ironic."

Presenter Ulrika Jonsson pictured after being attacked in Paris by Stan Collymore. Credit: PA Wire

Collymore attacked Jonsson in a Paris bar in 1998 World Cup when they were dating.

He apologised blaming petulance, jealousy and too much drink for his actions.

Before his account was deactivated, Collymore hit out at the newspaper and accused Jonsson of "lying and reinventing history".

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Stan Collymore's Twitter account is deactivated

The Twitter account of former footballer Stan Collymore appears to have been deleted.

Stan Collymore now works as a football commentator and pundit. Credit: PA

The move comes after comments from his former girlfriend Ulrika Jonsson to The Sun where she claims his campaign about Twitter's inaction over a series of racist messages was "ironic" because he hit her in the past.

The 43-year-old, who is now working as a football broadcaster, posted a series of tweets before seemingly deleting his account.

He said the newspaper was "a disgrace" and although he admitted he was "ashamed" of the night when he hit Miss Jonsson, he added that his ex-girlfriend was "lying and reinventing history."

talkSPORT to end Twitter promotion in Collymore row

talkSPORT has said it will not promote the station's or any of its presenters' Twitter accounts because of the site's "apparent lack of support" over the abusive tweets sent to its pundit Stan Collymore.

There will be no mentions of Twitter on air, in its SPORT Magazine or on its digital platforms "until the station feels that Twitter is responding appropriately."

Twitter: We take action when content is reported to us

Its chief executive has written to Twitter about their dissatisfaction. In a message posted on the station's site, Scott Taunton said:

We are dismayed at the lack of response and perceived inaction by Twitter.

Racist or abusive messages of this nature are illegal and unacceptable.

We have more than three million Twitter followers across our accounts but we will not promote these until we are satisfied that Twitter is doing its utmost to prevent abuse of this nature.

We have a duty of care to all our staff and presenters and until I am satisfied that Twitter is treating this seriously we will no longer promote Twitter accounts or use tweets on-air.

Yvette Cooper: Twitter must get their act together

The shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said Twitter "must get their act together" after football pundit Stan Collymore complained the site should do more to tackle abusive tweets:

Twitter: We take action when content is reported to us

Twitter UK has issued a statement about online abuse in the wake of the racism and threats received by former footballer and pundit Stan Collymore on the social network.

We cannot stop people from saying offensive, hurtful things on the Internet or on Twitter. But we take action when content is reported to us that breaks our rules or is illegal.

We have features that allow people to block accounts from following them, unfollow accounts they don’t want to see and filter the replies they receive - to put people in control of what they see on Twitter. We continue to invest in technologies that will give people more ways to customise their Twitter experience.

– @TwitterUK
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