Mersey footballer investigated for alleged offensive comments following Woolwich murder: Former Skelmersdale United, Marine and Cammell Laird striker Shaun Tuck under investigation

Shaun Tuck playing for Marine

Shaun Tuck playing for Marine

A Merseyside footballer was today being investigated by police and the FA after allegedly making offensive comments on a social networking site following the murder of a soldier in Woolwich.

Former Skelmersdale United, Marine and Cammell Laird striker Shaun Tuck is accused of  suggesting on his personal Twitter feed that revenge should be taken  in the wake of the terrorist killing of soldier Lee Rigby.

Last night, a police spokesperson confirmed that the 26-year-old, thought to live in north Liverpool, was under investigation.

Merseyside police said: “We can confirm that officers are aware of racist comments made on a social networking website in relation to recent events in Woolwich. An investigation into the matter is under way. Consideration is currently being given to whether any of the comments constitute criminal offences under the Malicious Communications and Public Order Acts.

“People should stop and think about what they say on social media before making statements as the consequences could be serious.”

Although a number of the offensive Tweets have been deleted, Tuck, who now plays for Witton Albion, seemingly refused to apologise for his views, which include an endorsement of far right group the English Defence League.

A statement on Witton Albion’s website said: “Witton Albion Football Club is aware that the alleged recent remarks made by Shaun Tuck are now subject to investigation by both Merseyside Police and the FA. As a result, the club will make no further comment on this matter until the conclusion of both investigations.”

Earlier, they said: “The remarks made by the player do not in any way reflect the views of Witton Albion FC, which works hard to attract members of all communities and has supported the Help for Heroes campaign for a number of years.”

Witton are well known in non-league circles for their association with the Help the Heroes charity which raises money for wounded members of the Armed Forces.

Players wear shirts sporting the charity’s logo and in recent seasons the Cheshire club’s home ground, at Wincham Lane, has been renamed the Help For Heroes Stadium.

In a series of postings, the forward, who was described by Skem United manager Tommy Lawson in 2011 as “the most bubbly I have ever had to manage”, allegedly called for revenge attacks and said his views were shared by many others.

A Tweet said: “A lot of people on here sit on the fence but say everything I do behind closed doors.”

Tuck signed a two-year deal with Witton after leaving Skelmersdale last summer, scoring 25 goals to help the Evo-Northern Premier League club qualify for the promotion play-offs.

From The Liverpool Echo25.05.13 . Report by Jamie Bowman.


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