'Disgusting', 'Embarrassing', 'Has to stop' - Fans slam bullying of Tottenham player by fellow pros
By Richard Parks
Tottenham fans have taken to Twitter urging people in football led by players and the authorities to halt the bullying of Harry Kane.
The Spurs striker was widely pilloried after claiming a goal earlier this month that had been credited to teammate Christian Eriksen and was then trolled by an official FA account last weekend.
The governing body 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.
Spurs fans are concerned that Kane, who is the star player for not only his club but also his country going into this summer’s World Cup, has become a target for rival teams and supporters, with Liverpool players among those joking at him claiming the Eriksen goal.
A section of Lilywhites made comments slamming those responsible as “disgusting”, “embarrassing” and that it “has to stop”.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Ricky Sacks ???? (@RickSpur) April 24, 2018
Unfortunately Ricky, this is the price we pay for social media, and salty “banter” sites. However they need to remember that what goes around, comes around. LFC fans beware, if you lose to Roma, or No Salad does not score.
— Steve Isaac (@steveisaac26) April 24, 2018
There was a picture yesterday on a spurs fans facebook page of harry standing with the duchess holding her baby…,so called spurs fans thought it was hilarious….i was quickly out of there #Disgusting
— keith nicholson (@keithbook4) April 24, 2018
This is spot on. Some of the comments from fellow pros have been embarrassing
— Glen (@gleng1882) April 24, 2018
I’m appalled to be honest it’s gone way beyond a joke it’s personal now.
— Shirley (@shirleymillr63) April 24, 2018
It’ll soon be forgotten. Why did it have to be made public anyway
— Mark Lucas (@Mark_lucasSkem) April 24, 2018
A lesson learned i would think.
— Martyn Asby (@MartynAsby) April 24, 2018
Kane had a rare off day against United, 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.
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.”
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