Peterhead Football Club become involved in an off-pitch incident following their clash with Rangers last fortnight when left-sided player Steven Noble become embroiled in a Twitter controversy with the football club’s website writer David Gray.
Noble, who was signed by current boss Jim McInally in the summer and is studying to become a physio, is alleged to have responded to a message from Gray concerning a challenge made on Fran Sandaza in the game which said “He’s fast for a big unit! Bet I know what your highlight was. Not often a Celt gets to kick a Ger in the face and not get lifted.”
Noble responded: “haha. You got it in one [Gray]. Thats the only part of the game iv watched back [sic].”
Since the incident, Gray has deleted his Twitter account and Peterhead Football Club have issued a statement in regards to their player.
The club said: “Peterhead Football Club would like to apologise for any offence or annoyance caused by Steven’s comments. The player has been reprimanded by manager Jim McInally and warned of his future behaviour. Jim has also re-iterated his directive that players should not use any social networking sites to comment on games.”
Noble also addressed the matter on Twitter, saying: “I apologise to anyone that was offended by my tweet. Was only meant as a joke. I would never purposely injure a player.”
However, the furore has caused angered Rangers fan to target the player with threatening and abusive comments.
One Twitter user targeted Noble saying: “I hope you snab both your legs and your neck you poor excuse of a footballer. F****** dirty b****** [sic].”
Other Twitter users were more forthright in their abuse of the Peterhead man, comments such as “look forward to bumping into you b** b**,” and “thats a joke to u? Wonder how many wee pranks wil get played on u in that case, nxt time some ultras c u in Glasgow kid ;) #scum [sic].”
Users have also come out in support of Noble since the Tweet, supporting the player’s allegations that his comments were meant as a joke.