Tuesday, AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC battled to a thrilling 3–3 draw in the English Premier League.
All the talk after the game should've been about Arsenal's dramatic fight back to earn a point after going down 3–0.
But thanks to the actions of one disgusting individual, the focus is now firmly fixed on something that has nothing to do with soccer.
Following the 3–3 draw, Hitchin Town's Alfie Barker, 19, posted the following tweet, which has since been deleted, directed at Bournemouth player Harry Arter.
I need a second.
The vile tweet by Barker is in reference to Harry Arter's daughter who was stillborn.
For those unaware, Hitchin Town is a seventh-tier, non-league club.
Basically, this is like the equivalent of a college player at a small program tweeting at an NFL superstar.
Now that we have that out of the way, we can get back to Alfie Barker's despicable tweet.
Initially, Barker, being the coward he is, claimed his Twitter account had been hacked.
The account has since been deleted, and Barker reportedly apologized for his "disgraceful comments."
Hitchin Town fired Barker and released the following statement on the situation:
Barker's former manager said,
As it turns out, as of yesterday, Barker was actually on loan with another team, Codicote FC.
The club released a similar statement condemning the 19-year-old and cutting ties with Harry Arter's abuser.
Bournemouth's Harry Arter has a tattoo on his right arm in memory of his stillborn daughter, Renee.
Arter's fiancée is reportedly set to give birth to a baby girl in February.