LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Daniel Thomas’ tweet to Tom Daley has prompted his suspension. Daniel Thomas , a player with the Welsh Premier League Port Talbot Town FC, sent a Twitter message to Tom Daley, the Great Britain diver. The Twitter message is unrelated to the malicious tweet sent to Daley by a seventeen year old reported yesterday on LALATE.
In a news statement today, Port Talbot confirms that the message was sent by Daniel Thomas and that Thomas’ account has since been deleted. The team confirmed their swift action today. “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.” They added “We were made aware to 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.”
This is the latest in a series of scandals concerning Twitter messages and soccer athletes this week. On July 30, Olympic soccer player Michel Morganella was suspended by Switzerland for his Twitter comments about Korean residents made after his team loss to South Korean 2-1.
Also on July 30, the Football Association charged professional player Rio Ferdinand for his remarks on Twitter. Ferdinand plays with British team Manchester United.
The same day, Los Angeles based reporter Guy Adams was removed from Twitter for “a news story detailing widespread public complaints about the networkâ€™s coverage of the London Games.â€ť He was reinstated by Twitter on July 31.
On July 31, Dorset Police in England confirmed that a 17 year old boy has been arrested for tweets to diver Tom Daley. The teen was critical of Team GB diver Daley, 18, who had lost his father to cancer in May 2011.
Earlier, on July 29, U.S. women’s soccer player Hope Solo was not punished for her Twitter rant about Brandi Chastain, an NBC news analyst for soccer. Solo said that Chastain should take a break from the broadcast booth â€śuntil you get more educatedâ€ť.
On July 25, before the games started, Greek Olympic kicked Voula Papachristou out of the Games before they started for her comments about residents in Athens.