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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Carlisle United star under fire over Twitter abuse

A Carlisle United player has come under fire after branding a rival fan a “mong” on Twitter.

Noble tweet photo
The tweet

The club has had two official complaints about the comments, posted by midfielder Liam Noble, 20. He has provoked a furious response from some fans at former club Sunderland.

If the comments are shown to be a breach of United’s Twitter policy, Noble could face disciplinary action.

In the Twitter conversation yesterday, Noble said he had no regrets about leaving Sunderland, rubbishing both the club and its fans.

He then suggested a Sunderland-Carlisle derby, prompting another fan in the conversation to deride the idea as the clubs are in different parts of the country.

The same fan went on to call Noble “a mong”, prompting the player to return the insult, using the same term.

One of those who have complained to Carlisle United was Sunderland fan Chris Hackworth, whose 22-year-old partner is disabled.

Mr Hackworth, 29, said: “My partner comes to watch Sunderland with me and she has trouble walking because of problems with her hips.

“It’s wrong that he feels he can abuse the football fans who used to pay his wages, and use such derogatory language about people.

“I have visited Carlisle with Sunderland and Hartlepool and I reckon the disabled fans who hear about this will be mortified. Football players have a very privileged position and they need to show some responsibility.

“This man has 750 followers on Twitter and they will include young fans who see him as a role model.

“He needs to show more respect. He’s shown himself up.”

Mr Hackworth added that Noble would not be welcome in Sunderland as a result of his comments.

In his written complaint, he quotes from the club’s customer charter, which says: “Carlisle United Football Club is committed to the principle that all employees treat each other, customers, spectators, players, officials with respect and courtesy, irrespective of race, colour, religion or gender and strictly adheres to the Football League’s anti-discrimination policy."

There was also criticism of Noble’s comments on Twitter from some other footballers, including former long-serving Sunderland player Darren Williams.

A spokesman for Carlisle United said two Sunderland fans had complained about Mr Noble’s Twitter comments, adding: “We are duty bound to investigate it but we need to speak to the player concerned before we say anything else.”

Noble first came to Carlisle on loan from Premier League side Sunderland two years ago and he is currently a year into a two year deal with the Cumbrian club.

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