‘Le God’ hits back at attacks by trolls on social media
MATT LE TISSIER has hit out at social media trolls trying to get him sacked as he announced he was taking a break from Twitter.
Guernsey’s famous footballer has been vocal in his criticism of how the UK government has handled the coronavirus pandemic, accusing it of overreacting.
‘I have huge sympathy for anyone who loses someone close to them by whatever health reason, I recently lost my granddad so I know how it feels, so you trolls and bots out there who try to belittle me with your snide remarks trying to make out I’m some uncaring individual who has no empathy you couldn’t be further from the truth and I feel incredibly sorry for you that there is so little joy in your life that you resort to this, I truly hope you find happiness soon,’ he said in a statement posted on Twitter.
‘Thankfully strength of mind and strength of character is something I have in abundance and that’s why I won’t be forced permanently off this platform by cyber bullies, another group of people who I feel sorry for are the ones that are writing to my employers to try and get me sacked from my job and ruin my life by limiting my income streams. My crime in all of this is that I feel the government have overreacted to the danger of Covid-19 (now being referred to as coronavirus again if you haven’t noticed).’
He stressed that he was not an anti-vaxxer, as some have labelled him.
‘I believe you should be free to choose what you put into your own body, if this Covid overreaction doesn’t lead to mandatory vaccines then I’ll happily apologise.’
He called on people to do critical thinking of their own. ‘Don’t be afraid to ask questions but also don’t have a closed mind, be open to evidence and facts, but most importantly of all, look after your mental health. If you can see the positive side of everything you’ll be able to live a much happier life than others. See you on the other side.’
Le Tissier, who played for Southampton and England and is currently a Sky Sports pundit, said he was taking a break from social media for a ‘couple of weeks’.