Twitter has apologised to Manchester United defender Phil Jones for mocking him on its official UK account.
The social media network says “being the target of online abuse is not easy to deal with” on a help centre page about coping and reporting abuse.
That didn’t stop such behaviour when taking aim at Phil Jones, with its verified @TwitterUK account posting the following message which can only be deemed ironic: “Name a better footballer than Phil Jones.”
United are understood to have complained to Twitter about the subsequently deleted post. As a result, Twitter has apologised to both club and player.
Jones gets a lot of abuse online and I understand the frustration to a point. However, I’ll never see it okay to abuse a footballer because I don’t think they are good enough to play for United. That is madness.
It must be so frustrating and depressing for Jones, who has lost half of his career to injuries, so I actually feel sorry for him.
He last featured for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team in January’s FA Cup fourth round win at Tranmere, netting the fourth goal in a 6-0 romp.