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SBD Global/January 23, 2014/People and Pop Culture
Retired British Footballer Attacks Twitter For Not Policing Abusive Tweets
Published January 23, 2014
SKY SPORTS CONDEMNS ABUSE: In London, Riach reported in a separate piece Sky Sports condemned the "unacceptable and offensive abuse" of three-time British Olympic gymnast Tweddle during a live question and answer session on Twitter for Sky Sports News "aimed at promoting women in sport, following a series of derogatory tweets sent to the former gymnast." The broadcaster hosted an interactive session on Tuesday morning "which gave fans the opportunity to ask sport-related questions to Tweddle regarding her time as an athlete." However, the 28-year-old "soon became the victim of a number of vulgar messages, predominantly from males, completely unrelated from gymnastics." One man tweeted, "Are all sportswomen lesbians?" while another wrote, "Do you think pregnancy is a poor injury excuse and women should be able to run it off?" (GUARDIAN, 1/21).