AN ENGLISH NON-LEAGUE footballer has been banned for seven months by the Football Association (FA) for comments made to Ireland international Harry Arter on social media over the death of his baby daughter.
Alfie Barker admitted the charge at an FA hearing on Tuesday and has been banned from all football activity until 1 August 2017.
Barker, 18, initially claimed his Twitter account had been hacked after the abusive messages were sent to Arter. He subsequently apologised and had his contract terminated by Hitchin Town Football Club.
A tweet from an account in Barker’s name read: ”at least you didn’t lose your kid.”
A second message sent shortly after said: “big hype just for a disappointment like the 9 months leading up to your childs [sic] birth.”
The disgusting abuse related to the stillborn birth of Arter’s daughter, Renee, in December 2015.
Barker has also been fined £250 and warned about his future conduct by the FA.
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