BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press
Hibernian have confirmed that they are liaising with Police Scotland after a host of abusive messages were aimed at midfielder Scott Allan on Twitter.
Allan, 23, was targeted by online trolls following the news that he had handed in a transfer request, including references to the player’s Type 1 Diabetes, other serious illnesses and the IRA.
Several of the accounts responsible for the most vitriolic attacks on Allan, who has made it clear that he wishes to join Championship rivals Rangers, have since been shut down.
However, Hibs have made it clear that the matter is not closed and the are aiding the authorities in their investigations. The Easter Road club also appealed for their supporters to be “respectful” on social media.
A club spokesperson said: “Hibernian FC ask supporters to ensure they are respectful when commenting on any club matters on Twitter or any other form of social media.
“This follows unacceptable Tweets posted following the news that our player, Scott Allan, had handed in a transfer request.
“The club have been in contact with Police Scotland regarding the recent Tweets and will support any subsequent police investigation.
Echoing Hibs’ statement, Police Scotland confirmed via their official twitter feed: “We are aware of offensive comments made online towards Hibernian footballer Scott Allan. Police officer enquiries are at an early stage.”
Allan appeared to be supported by several of his Hibs teammates as his current transfer impasse turned nasty.
As the former Scotland under-21 internationalist was being sent the offensive tweets, his Hibs teammate Jason Cummings wrote: “Some people have got too much to say for themselves #KeyboardGangsters.”
Hibs midfielder Jordon Forster tweeted: “I can understand frustration but some of this is just disgusting!”