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Bournemouth report non-league player for sending abusive tweets to Ireland's Harry Arter over death of his baby girl

Bournemouth have contacted Twitter over alleged abuse directed at Republic of Ireland international Harry Arter over the death of his baby daughter.

An account under the name of a non-league footballer posted the vile messages during Bournemouth's 3-3 draw with Arsenal at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday night.

Arter and his partner Rachel lost their stillborn daughter Renee in December 2015 and the tenacious midfielder has bravely spoken about the harrowing experience in the past.

Speaking on Talksport last year, he said: "For any parent who loses a baby or has a stillborn, you don't have any memories so this box gives you a chance to make hand-prints and foot-prints so you can create some memories for you and your partner.

"It is unbelievable how helpful they [4Louis] are when you are going through that. I hope none of the listeners have to go through what my family and the other families went through."

He is understood to have been disgusted with the messages.

One read: "Big hype just for a disappointment like the 9 months leading up to your child’s birth."

An earlier one read: "At least you didn’t lose your kid."

The tweets prompted Bournemouth to contact Twitter and the account has subsequently been deleted.

Arter made his competitive debut for Ireland in the historic 1-0 victory over Austria in November and will be an integral part of Martin O'Neill's plans in the coming year as the Boys in Green seek to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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