Sick Twitter troll targets Carlisle United director
Last updated at 12:35, Thursday, 15 August 2013
One of Carlisle United’s directors has become the latest target of an anonymous internet troll.
Steven Pattison, who is also one of Carlisle United’s joint owners, posted a tweet on the social media website Twitter to say that he had suffered a family bereavement and would not be online for a while.
The chilling reply came from someone, known only as @NORTHERNSOUL4, who posted: “Well why don’t you do us all a favour and disappear from the club for good too. Shame the bereavement wasn’t a little closer.”
It sparked outrage among Mr Pattison’s followers and John McGee posted: “You are an absolute disgrace to Carlisle United. People like this DO NOT speak for the majority.”
Aaron Brown also posted: “On behalf of every Carlisle fan, I am sorry for this oaf, this man is sick and is a disgrace to society.”
When the News & Star approached Mr Pattison about the message he said that he would not comment about it and added “life goes on”. He said that he was not intending to take the matter further.
@StevenPattison_ WELL WHY DONT YOU DO US ALL A FAVOUR AND DISAPPEAR FROM THE CLUB FOR GOOD TOO SHAME THE BEREAVEMENT WASNT A LITTLE CLOSER— NORTHERN SOUL (@NORTHERNSOUL4) August 12, 2013
A club spokesman said that, unfortunately, when people used social media they left themselves open to unfavourable comments but it was a shame that it had been on such a personal level.
He added: “It is a shame that someone chose to make that kind of comment. Steven has a great attitude towards it – he’s done the right thing and ignored it.”
The spokesman said that as a club it had also decided to make use of social networking websites but sometimes the move could work against them.
Cumbria police is currently running a campaign throughout the summer holidays aimed at helping youngsters to stay safe online.
A force spokesman said: “If you have received any threatening, abusive or offensive messages via a social networking site, and believe that an offence may have been committed, call us on 101.”
First published at 12:29, Thursday, 15 August 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Mr Pattison is one of the nicest and most genuine people one could wish to meet. People who slate him are generally ones who've never met him.
Hope this troll is caught and made to explain his actions.
Us ex-Currock boys are made from strong stuff - The Pattinson's are ten times the men that this clown will ever aspire to be. Chin up lads and my condolences on your bereavement.
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