Sick Twitter taunts aimed at cancer-battler ref Halsey

PREMIER League referee Mark Halsey was the victim of sick Twitter taunts after officiating at the Liverpool versus Manchester United clash on Sunday.

The tweets referred to Mr Halsey’s battle against throat cancer.

A tweet posted from an account named @johnwareing1 read: “I hope Mark Halsey gets cancer again and dies” while another from @lfcjohn259 read: “Mark Halsey should've died of cancer.”

Both tweets were met with outrage from other users of the social media site.

The post from @lfcjohn259 was deleted and the @johnwareing1 account was removed completely.

Some were reportedly aimed at Mr Halsey’s family.

The abuse of the popular referee, who lives in Little Lever , has been condemned as “beneath contempt” by the match officials' union Prospect — and a number rushed to his support.

Alan Leighton, the national secretary of Prospect, which represents referees, said in a statement: “Prospect wholeheartedly condemns the unacceptable abuse aimed at Mark Halsey on Twitter.

“The comments made by a very small minority will be seen as beneath contempt by all decent people.

“The main concern now is for Mark and his family.”

Mr Halsey was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009 but returned to refereeing in March, 2010.

On Sunday he controversially sent off Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey for a challenge on United defender Jonny Evans and awarded a late penalty to United which Robin van Persie converted to seal a 2-1 win.

Mr Halsey, aged 51, is due to officiate at the Capital One Cup third-round meeting between Southampton and Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday evening as originally planned.

Well-known personalities condemned the perpetrators.

Phil Neville tweeted: “After hearing what's been written about ref Mark Halsey and his family after game I sometimes wonder if Twitter is really worth it!”

The Hertfordshire-born official, who lives with wife Michelle and daughter Lucy Mia, received messages of support from football stars such as John Terry, Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney during his battle against cancer.

Halsey was appointed to the Football League list of referees in the mid-1990s and was promoted to the Premier League list in 1999.

Mr Halsey’s employer, Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO), issued a statement deploring the actions of the abusive Twitter users.

It said: “PGMO abhors any abuse of match officials whether that is in stadia or outside.”

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11:45am Tue 25 Sep 12

Edgey72 says...

All i can say is SICK
All i can say is SICK Edgey72
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12:58pm Tue 25 Sep 12

stantheman133 says...

Surely Twitter can block tweets like these when they are first made so that they don't reach the recipient. These sick and vile people should be prosecuted and fined heavily.
Surely Twitter can block tweets like these when they are first made so that they don't reach the recipient. These sick and vile people should be prosecuted and fined heavily. stantheman133
  • Score: 3

12:58pm Tue 25 Sep 12

stantheman133 says...

Surely Twitter can block tweets like these when they are first made so that they don't reach the recipient. These sick and vile people should be prosecuted and fined heavily.
Surely Twitter can block tweets like these when they are first made so that they don't reach the recipient. These sick and vile people should be prosecuted and fined heavily. stantheman133
  • Score: 1

12:58pm Tue 25 Sep 12

stantheman133 says...

Surely Twitter can block tweets like these when they are first made so that they don't reach the recipient. These sick and vile people should be prosecuted and fined heavily.
Surely Twitter can block tweets like these when they are first made so that they don't reach the recipient. These sick and vile people should be prosecuted and fined heavily. stantheman133
  • Score: 2

1:14pm Tue 25 Sep 12

exiled says...

The occasion of Hillsborough, and the first match at Anfield against their fiercest rivals should have the effect of tempering the Liverpool fans. That was the intention anyway.

Unfortunately, they once again show their true colours and - although it is in poor taste - the Man Utd fans chants do seem to ring true.

As for Mark Halsey, he and his family showed dignity and courage in their fight against cancer and I, for one, wish them a happy and healthy future. I am sure the Halseys can rise above the ignorant chants from morons.
The occasion of Hillsborough, and the first match at Anfield against their fiercest rivals should have the effect of tempering the Liverpool fans. That was the intention anyway. Unfortunately, they once again show their true colours and - although it is in poor taste - the Man Utd fans chants do seem to ring true. As for Mark Halsey, he and his family showed dignity and courage in their fight against cancer and I, for one, wish them a happy and healthy future. I am sure the Halseys can rise above the ignorant chants from morons. exiled
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2:06pm Tue 25 Sep 12

wild one says...

Played cricket against mark at Darcy lever before his illness, all round top bloke, and funny bloke to boot....

keep the faith mark and ignore all the chite
Played cricket against mark at Darcy lever before his illness, all round top bloke, and funny bloke to boot.... keep the faith mark and ignore all the chite wild one
  • Score: 2

2:13pm Tue 25 Sep 12

macauley says...

JUST BECAUSE YOU SUPPORT CITY MARK THERE IS NO NEED FOR THIS GOOD LUCK MARK IME SURE YOU CAN RISE ABOVE THESE SICK LOW LIFE.
JUST BECAUSE YOU SUPPORT CITY MARK THERE IS NO NEED FOR THIS GOOD LUCK MARK IME SURE YOU CAN RISE ABOVE THESE SICK LOW LIFE. macauley
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6:21pm Tue 25 Sep 12

markwads@sky.com says...

All i can say how cruel and sick these morons are,and as for twitter id rather do without!
All i can say how cruel and sick these morons are,and as for twitter id rather do without! markwads@sky.com
  • Score: 2

7:00pm Tue 25 Sep 12

alecfranco says...

In a word, these wicked posted comments on TWITTER ARE BITTER & TWISTED VILE COMMENTS, An Mr Halsy should take no more notice of them, than he should a vulture.
In a word, these wicked posted comments on TWITTER ARE BITTER & TWISTED VILE COMMENTS, An Mr Halsy should take no more notice of them, than he should a vulture. alecfranco
  • Score: 1

8:16pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Mitchell98 says...

How do people in this world act so horrible and twisted?

They have absolutely no idea how he must of feltm dealing with cancer, and now what do they say? Pretty sure someone is going to do something about the two disgusting, horrible people.

-Mitch,
Aged 14.
How do people in this world act so horrible and twisted? They have absolutely no idea how he must of feltm dealing with cancer, and now what do they say? Pretty sure someone is going to do something about the two disgusting, horrible people. -Mitch, Aged 14. Mitchell98
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1:08pm Thu 27 Sep 12

steveG says...

What happened to sticks and stones?.
All right minded people agree the comments are abhorrent,but why give them credibility.The people who post these remarks seek attention and thats what they've got.
Better to ridicule,and treat with contempt than make it a criminal offence.
We could lock up all the nutters but todays society has decided to let them live amongst us so you reap what you sow.
What happened to sticks and stones?. All right minded people agree the comments are abhorrent,but why give them credibility.The people who post these remarks seek attention and thats what they've got. Better to ridicule,and treat with contempt than make it a criminal offence. We could lock up all the nutters but todays society has decided to let them live amongst us so you reap what you sow. steveG
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