Scottish soccer player charged for threatening Facebook comments
Yet another soccer player faces charges for something he posted online.
The Scottish Football Association (SFA) has charged Queen’s Park skipper Ricky Little with “not acting in the best interests of Association Football by posting on Facebook improper comments of a threatening nature,” according to the BBC.
The SFA claimed that Little threatened to harm Scottish Football League Division Three rival Rangers players on Aug. 5 on his Facebook profile.
“I will apologise in advance to all my Rangers supporting friends, there’s a good chance I’m going to nail a couple of your players this season!!” Little said.
A friend suggested that Little break the legs of Rangers player Kirk Broadfoot, to which Little replied that he was first on the list, according to the Daily Record.
Queen’s Park President Ross Caven has since responded to the controversy on the Queen’s Park official website to explain Little’s side of the story.
“[Little] assured those present that the exchange represented no more than casual ‘banter’ amongst long standing friends,” Caven said. “He also confirmed that as far as he was aware the only people reading his ‘postings’ would understand the flippant context in which they were made.”
Caven also stated that Little is now aware of the consequences involved when posting and communicating on a social media website.
“Consequently, both Ricky and Queen’s Park FC apologise for any anxiety which might have unintentionally been caused,” he said.
Little joins a long list of European soccer players recently in trouble for what they’ve said on social media including Port Talbot’s Daniel Thomas, Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, Chelsea defender Rio Ferdinand and Switzerland’s Michel Morganella.
Little’s hearing takes place on Aug. 30.
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