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Player sacked over tweet about Arter's stillborn baby

By Jim van Wijk

Semi-professional footballer Alfie Barker has been sacked by parent club Hitchin Town and faces an investigation from the Football Association for offensive comments sent on Twitter to Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter about his stillborn daughter.

The tweets from an account in the name of Barker were sent to Arter (right) after Arsenal came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at Bournemouth on Tuesday. One of the messages said: "At least you didn't lose your kid."

It was then followed up a few minutes later by another horrifying tweet to the Bournemouth midfielder which said: "Big hype just for a disappointment, like the nine months leading up to your child's birth."

Barker yesterday issued an apology for what he described as "disgraceful comments'' and later the account was deleted.

Southern Football League Premier Division side Hitchin hold Barker's registration. The 19-year-old forward has, though, this season been mainly playing in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One, first on loan at Langford and then Codicote.

Hitchin issued a statement announcing they were "terminating Alfie Barker's registration and relationship with the club with immediate effect".

The FA confirmed it will seek Barker's observations in relation to the postings from his social media account.

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