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Footballer suspended over abusive Tom Daley tweet

Tom Daley received abusive tweets after missing out on an Olympic medal Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/PA Images

A Welsh Premier League footballer has been suspended after an abusive message was sent to Plymouth's Olympic Team GB diver Tom Daley on twitter.

Midfielder Daniel Thomas has been suspended by Port Talbot Town FC and will be the subject of an internal investigation over the allegedly homophobic tweet sent from the twitter account 10DanThomas10 to Tom Daley.

Port Talbot Town Football Club midfielder Daniel Thomas Credit: Port Talbot Town Football Club

18 year-old Daley missed out on a medal 2012 Olympics when he finished fourth with diving partner Pete Waterfield in the 10m synchronised dive on Monday.

A Port Talbot Town FC spokesman said that after speaking 'at length' to Thomas, they believed that '...he regrettably left his phone unattended and was the victim of a very misguided 'prank'.'

This latest twitter controversy comes after a Dorset teenager was arrested over allegations he had sent abusive messages to Tom Daley after his Olympics loss which referred to the diver's late father.

Port Talbot Town Football Club released this statement on the incident:

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 of 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'.

The club said it and Thomas apologised "unreservedly" and in no way condoned the views made in the tweet.

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.

– PORT TALBOT TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

Port Talbot Town Football Club Chairman Andrew Edwards says that they will meet with Daniel Thomas tomorrow and plan to discuss the implications and what actions to take regarding his future.

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