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By Robert Ingham

This is not the first Twitter attack Daly has suffered

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A footballer in South Wales has been arrested after sending anti-gay remarks about Tom Daly and Peter Waterfield on Twitter.

Daniel Thomas, a 28 year old semi professional midfielder for Port Talbot FC, allegedly tweeted: "If there is any consolation for finishing fourth at least Daley and Waterfield can go and bum each other #teamHIV.”

His club has suspended him, pending the investigation. However, Thomas has defended himself, stating he was victim of "a prank". Both the club and Thomas have apologised unreservedly.

The investigation continues.

This is not the first Twitter attack Daly has suffered. Earlier this week, a teenager tweeted that Daly had let his dad down by not winning a medal, causing Simon Reed, vice-chairman of the Police Federation to report to The Times: "There is legislation which concerns causing harassment, alarm or distress. If you are walking down the street and someone shouts abuse the law is there to deal with it, but can we police every incident on the internet when someone upsets someone else? I don’t think we have the resources to do that.

“What is needed is some clear guidance from the CPS or the Attorney General about where the line is drawn.

“We can’t have a free-for-all online but by the same token we cannot involve the police every time something unpleasant is said.”


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