Footballer arrested for diver Tom Daley anti-gay HIV tweet

Port Talbot Town FC midfielder Daniel Thomas released on bail pending further investigation into alleged homophobic Twitter message about Olympic divers

Footballer arrested for diver Tom Daley anti-gay HIV tweet
03 August 2012

Welsh footballer Daniel Thomas has been arrested after allegedly tweeting homophobic abuse about British Olympic divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield.

It follows his suspension from Port Talbot Town FC and an internal investigation into whether the player sent the offensive tweet, which said the Olympians can ‘go and bum each other’ as a consolation to missing out on a medal in Monday’s 10-meter platform event in London.

Thomas denied sending the message on Twitter, which ended with #teamHIV, blaming the incident on a ‘misguided prank’ after he left his phone unattended.

South Wales police told Gay Star News that they arrested ‘a 28-year-old man from the Port Talbot area in connection with offensive comments made on the social networking site Twitter.’

A police spokesman added: ‘The man was interviewed at Neath police station and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.’

The football club’s chairman Andrew Edwards told the BBC that Thomas was still on suspension.

Both the club and Thomas have ‘apologized unreservedly’ for any offense caused.

The footballer’s alleged remarks on the social networking site follows the arrest of a 17-year-old in Weymouth on Tuesday (31 July) who sent Daley, 18, a ‘malicious’ tweet telling him he had let his late father down after finishing fourth in the competition.

Daley’s father died of brain cancer in 2011. The diver responded to the tweet by replying: ‘After giving it my all… you get idiots sending me this.’

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