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Monday 22 September 2014

Youth player apologises for making 'severe error of judgement' with 'cruel' Oscar tweet

Published 10/05/2014 | 12:32

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Oscar Knox, who has passed away, with his Irish flag
Oscar Knox, who has passed away, with his Irish flag
Oscar Knox with his father Stephen at Celtic's Parkhead last year

A Portadown youth player has issued an apology for his “severe error of judgement” on social media after making controversial comments regarding the death of Oscar Knox.

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The football club suspended Michael Bunting after “unacceptable” comments were made regarding the tragic five-year-old on Twitter yesterday.

Little Oscar lost his fight for life on Thursday after a two-and- a-half-year battle with neuroblastoma. His parents described their beautiful boy as a “little superhero”.

Today the player apologised for the pain and suffering his actions caused.

“I would like to issue a public apology on behalf of myself over an incident on social media yesterday were I made a cruel comment under a friends post about the death of Oscar Knox,” he posted on the club’s Twitter account today.

“First & foremost I would like to apologise to the Knox family & to my parents, friends, family & Portadown FC.”

“I have caused a lot of pain & suffering to the Knox family, my parents & those at Portadown FC. I made a severe error of judgement & understand people's anger.”

“I'll suffer the consequences of my actions & again I'm truly sorry.”

The club last night issued a statement in light of the controversial comments.

As well as apologising to the Knox family, Portadown club took swift action after widespread condemnation on social media outlets.

Their statement read: “Portadown FC wish to offer their sincere apologies to the Knox family following a comment made by a Portadown Youth player today on twitter.”

“This behaviour is totally unacceptable to everyone at Portadown FC as we share the grief & loss of this tragic young boys short life.”

“The player concerned has been suspended from the club pending further investigations.”

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