Waterford FC have released a statement in which they’ve condemned the online abuse of their former striker, Louis Britton, by a section of the club’s supporters.
The abuse was directed towards him following Monday night’s Munster derby between Waterford and Cork City at Turner’s Cross.
Britton controversially made the switch from the RSC to Leeside mid-season, a move that didn’t go down well with some members of the Blues support.
The 21-year-old came on as a substitute in the game, and was jeered by the away support as he missed a late chance to give Cork all three points in what turned out to be a 0-0 draw at the finish.
Sharing screenshots of messages sent to him following the match, Britton highlighted how people had wished a career ending injury on him, while also referring to him as a British ‘b*****d’ - while a voice note also warned Britton for his safety should he ever step foot in Waterford, threatening that the Englishman would ‘have his head smashed in’, while there was also threats that the former Bristol City man would ‘have his throat slit’.
Waterford FC have condemned the abuse.
“Everyone involved with Waterford FC wants to clearly state that we are totally disgusted by the recent online remarks made to our former player Louis Britton. We condemn abuse in all its forms. These ignorant and insensitive remarks were unfortunately written by idiots who have no understanding of our great game. There should be no place in any sport for these so-called "keyboard warriors" whose vile comments only underpin their small minds.”
The statement that Louis was a valued member of the side and there are no hard feelings within the club regarding his departure.
“Football by its nature is a very transient employment and players leave Clubs on a regular basis for various reasons, and while fans may not like to see their favourites leave, they can understand the reasons.
Louis was a valuable member of our squad during his short time here and both he and his family were warmly embraced by the true fans of Waterford FC as are all of our current multicultural playing staff.”
The club moved to clarify a claim that one of the messages to Britton was sent by an academy player at the RSC, something which has proven to be untrue.
“An allegation has also been made that some of the comments sent to Louis came from a current Waterford FC Academy player. This allegation has been examined in detail, and we are happy to confirm that this allegation has been proven to be totally untrue. Our young Academy teams are a credit to their families and represent our Club with pride.”
Louis Britton will speak on the experience on Déise Today this morning.