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AFL players cop social media abuse

Posted by: Ned Franklin | 4 October, 2012 - 9:37 AM
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Two AFL stars who have sought to change clubs have received vitriolic abuse from Twitter users, with one player receiving a death threat.

Adelaide forward Kurt Tippet received a death threat after he requested to be traded to a Queensland-based team.

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Brendon Goddard, who signed with Essendon earlier this week after nine years at St Kilda, has also been targeted.

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Jason King from Global Monitoring Solutions, a social media monitoring company, told Neil Mitchell that this is the worst form of trolling and is illegal.

"It's becoming a lot more common.  Fans interact with their football heroes via social media and they are taking it one step further, to an illegal level," Jason King said.

"If these players read their twitter account daily, they will undoubtedly see it," Jason King said.

AFL Players Association boss Matt Finnis says they are taking the threat towards Tippet seriously.

LISTEN: AFL Players Association Boss Matt Finnis with Neil Mitchell

“Regardless of the intent of or the motive of the person that is posting these kinds of tweets, we shouldn’t accept, we shouldn’t tolerate it,” he said.

“Whether or not there is a fear that the person is going to follow through on it I don’t think any of us should condone it.

“We certainly will treat it very seriously and we will refer to the police any social media engagement that we feel goes across the line.”

In August, TV personality Charlotte Dawson suffered a severe anxiety attack and required hospitalisation after she was repeatedly targeted by twitter trolls.

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Blog comments Your Say

  • OMG yessssss!!!

    JJ Hawk Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 3:08 PM
  • LOL Hack this is so silly

    annomyness Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 2:49 PM
  • dont go so hard on the afl players they are just trying to to make themselfs happy at lest goddard was at st.kilda and he played allright

    liam corbett Wednesday 7 November, 2012 - 3:01 PM
  • dont go so hard on the afl players they are just trying to to make themselfs happy at lest goddard was at st.kilda and he played allright

    liam corbett Wednesday 7 November, 2012 - 3:01 PM
  • Karma is a bitch

    Jeremy Wilks Sunday 21 October, 2012 - 3:37 PM
  • Poor, innocent, talented, wholesome AFL boys being abused and threatened by the public? It's called karma.

    Peter Hillster Sunday 7 October, 2012 - 3:39 PM

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