United player quits Twitter 2 hours after joining

Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson’s social networking
experiment proved short-lived when he closed his Twitter account on
Monday just two hours after opening it following a flood of abusive
comments.

Gibson, a bit-part player at Old Trafford, followed United
teammates Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen in joining
Twitter, and Ferdinand encouraged his followers to ”show him some
love.”

But Gibson was instead greeted by some less-than-welcoming
remarks, many of which appeared to be from United supporters. One
of the posts said ”nothing would make me happier than if we sold
you this summer.”

Two hours after joining, Gibson’s account had been deleted,
although he did not say why.

Sports stars and celebrities are often the target of abusive
comments on Twitter – but not usually from their own fans – and
Gibson’s abrupt departure prompted some Twitter users to start a
campaign to bring him back.

The Ireland international is currently with the United squad in
Germany preparing for the first leg of the Champions League
semifinal against Schalke on Tuesday.

Rooney has had his own issues with the United fans after
threatening to leave the club earlier in the season. The
25-year-old striker joined Twitter on Saturday and by Monday had
amassed more than 180,000 followers.

But he has a long way to go to catch up with Ferdinand, who has
more than 800,000.