Date:Tuesday March 19 2013
Everton defender Shane Duffy has been thrown into the middle of a Twitter storm after pro IRA tweets appeared on his page.
The Republic of Ireland U21 international and captain claims his phone was taken by someone on a night out shortly before the tweets and re-tweets were made on his account which is followed by around 50,000 people.
With the 20th anniversary of the IRA bombing of Warrington in recent days the Tweets obviously offended a lot of people and the 21-year-old has since apologised via Twitter for the comments, explaining: "sorry everyone some little paddy had my phone last night tweets weren't me.. sorry if it offended anyone!! cant leave ur phone anywhere now!!"
"Wow so much hate on something I didn't do.. Fair enough gotta take it because its my twitter. And again It was not me who tweeted and retweeted loads last night! Really am sorry if it offended anyone.. Sorry guys!
"Can't do much more ino it's offended a lot of people getting alot of hate for something I didn't do. For too much to lose for tweeting something like that. The retweets and tweets was not me. Got to accept the hate. Really am sorry for this mess! Sorry guys!"
Everton have confirmed that Duffy has apologised for offence caused due to messages on his Twitter account, however it is believed that gaffer David Moyes is understood to be angry with the negative publicity generated and Duffy could face a club fine over the incident.
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Date:Tuesday March 19 2013
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