Soccer pundit reactivates Twitter account after spat

TalkSport radio station pundit and former British soccer star Stan Collymore has apparently reactivated his @stancollymore account soon after it was deleted on Thursday in the wake of him receiving a series of messages he claimed were racist and abusive.

LONDON: TalkSport radio station pundit and former British soccer star Stan Collymore has apparently reactivated his @stancollymore account soon after it was deleted on Thursday in the wake of him receiving a series of messages he claimed were racist and abusive.

The former England National Team member and Liverpool and Nottingham Forest player has previously claimed he received a number of offensive messages, including death threats and racist tweets. The messages were supposedly sent after he tweeted that Liverpool striker Luis Suarez took a dive during Saturday's Premier League match against Aston Villa.

On Wednesday, TalkSport backed Collymore's complaint that Twitter had not done enough to contact him about the issues.

However, Collymore got less support from The Sun, which ran a front-page story on Thursday based on an interview with Collymore's former girlfriend, Ulrika Johnsson, who called him a “vile hypocrite.”

Collymore has also tweeted at Sun managing editor Stig Abell to complain about a reporter from the newspaper.

On Wednesday, the CEO of the company that owns TalkSport pledged not to update its Twitter accounts or to include tweets read on air on its programming until the platform addresses “complaints about offensive hate messages.”

“We are dismayed at the lack of response and perceived inaction by Twitter,” said Scott Taunton. “Racist or abusive messages of this nature are illegal and unacceptable.”

Twitter responded to the situation yesterday with a blog post outlining how it deals with abuse.

This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.

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