Former England star Matt Le Tissier has announced a temporary break from social media – after accusing trolls of trying to “ruin his life”.
Le Tissier has come under fire for sharing his thoughts on coronavirus and the government response on social media in recent weeks.
The Sky Sports pundit says some fans have taken it upon themselves to write to his employers in a bid to get him taken off air.
But he insists he won’t be silenced as he said he feels “incredibly sorry” for internet trolls and bots with “so little joy” in their lives.
He criticised the government response to Covid-19 and urged fans to “look beyond the headlines and government propaganda” in a lengthy post on Twitter which he says will be his last for “a couple of weeks”.
Le Tissier wrote: “A few thoughts before I take a break from social media for a couple of weeks, I’m a bit sad I even have to write this buy hey ho.
Matt Le Tissier says it is “time to look forward to life’s next challenge” after being dropped, along with Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas, by Sky Sports. It has been reported the decision to part company with the trio of Soccer Saturday studio pundits is part of cost-cutting measures as the broadcaster faces up to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
A Sky statement said: “We are changing some parts of our football coverage – Matt, Charlie and Phil have done a great job for us over the years, and they will leave us with our sincere thanks and very best wishes.”
The former Southampton midfielder Le Tissier, capped eight times by England in the mid-1990s, announced his departure on Twitter. He wrote: “Enjoyed my time at sky sports, time to look forward to life’s next challenge, thank you for the support down the years and special thanks to the backroom team which include CazzaEccles CarlyBassett tvtrevstats amongst many others, good luck all have a lovely day.”