United fans drive Gibson to quit Twitter - after 97 minutes
Published 23:01 25/04/11 By David McDonnell in Gelsenkirchen
Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson was forced to close his new Twitter account after just 97 minutes - after a torrent of abuse from his own fans.
Gibson became the first player to be cyber-bullied off Twitter following a stream of abusive messages from United fans claiming he was not fit to play for the club.
Ireland international Gibson was the latest United player to join Twitter after team-mates Rio Ferdinand, Michael Owen, Nani, Nemanja Vidic and Wayne Rooney.
But the 23-year-old, who only opened his account yesterday lunchtime, had deleted it within a couple of hours after attracting so many negative comments.
"You are an abysmal excuse for a footballer," wrote one fan. "You're a one trick pony - a s*** one at that. What Fergie sees in you I don't know."
Another added: "Nothing would make me happier than if we sold you this summer. You're probably a nice bloke, but an awful footballer."
Gibson has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place at United, making just 12 starts this season, and is likely to be off-loaded this summer.