A man who sent callous messages insulting cancer survivor Mark Halsey after he refereed Manchester United’s clash against Liverpool has been cautioned by police.
Bolton police were alerted to the disgusting message ‘I hope Mark Halsey gets cancer again and dies’ after fans were outraged by the idiotic man’s fury.
Halsey sent off Jonjo Shelvey and awarded United a penalty during their 2-1 at Anfield and angry fans took to Twitter to abuse him.
The 27-year-old, from Newcastle, was interviewed by officers and subsequently cautioned after admitting he was responsible for some of the offensive messages.
Detective Sergeant Tony Lunt said: “Clearly the victim and his family were very distressed by the extremely offensive comments posted on Twitter.
“We take all reports of abuse on social networking sites very seriously as these remarks can and do have a devastating impact on people’s lives.
“As a result of our investigation, we have cautioned a man who has admitted responsibility for some of the messages. This individual was very apologetic and realises that in a moment of stupidity he posted deeply derogatory remarks about the victim and completely regrets his actions.
“Twitter, like all social networking sites, can be a fantastic tool for people to communicate but it must not be abused to the detriment of decent hard-working people who may be in the public eye. Our inquiries are ongoing to identify anyone else who posted these offensive messages.”
Another foolish fan (@lfcjohn259) tweeted: “Mark Halsey should’ve died of cancer.”
Angry supporters slammed both users for the messages that marred what was overall a positive game for both sets of fans.
Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez put aside their differences to shake hands before the tie, while United fans applauded tributes shown to the 96 fans who died 23 years ago.
But the game ended with small groups of supporters from both clubs chanting songs that mocked Munich and Hillsborough.