'Should lose his job' - Graham Roberts rages at confirmed development in Tottenham controversy
By Richard Parks
Graham Roberts has called for the FA employee who trolled Harry Kane on Twitter to be sacked after the governing body issued an apology to Tottenham.
The former Spurs defender took to his personal social media account to demand action even though the FA have admitted they got it wrong by mocking the England international in the wake of his anonymous display in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United.
Kane had a rare off day, not registering a single shot on target as Spurs failed to make next month’s final against Chelsea.
In the immediate wake of United’s 2-1 win, a one-second video of defender Chris Smalling saying ‘Harry Kane’ was posted by the FA Cup’s official account below the text: ‘What’s that in your pocket, Chris?’
The joke was retweeted more than 20,000 times on Saturday night, and has since been deleted by the @EmiratesFACup account, which has over 171,000 followers.
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But that is not enough for Roberts, who believes the culprit for the social media mockery must pay with their job.
Who ever put it up on the FA SITE should lose his job
— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) April 24, 2018
Some fans were unimpressed with what they deemed as unprofessional conduct from the official account of a national tournament and the governing body has issued an apology.
An FA spokesperson said, as quoted by the Daily Mail: “We have written to both clubs to apologise for any offence caused.”
Football Insider verdict:
Certainly, the official FA Cup account went too far in mocking an England international for a quiet match. It was certainly an unneeded comment from a supposedly neutral source for Leave the comedy GIFs and memes for the football sites, blogs and supporters. Roberts is known for his partisan, and occasionally inflammatory, comments on social media where Spurs are concerned, but he has gone too far by demanding the employee responsible should be axed. Everyone makes mistakes Graham, and the personal responsible will hopefully learn their lesson and not repeat it.
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