Hitchin Town sack midfielder over ‘disgraceful’ abuse sent to Harry Arter

• Tweets were sent to Bournemouth player about his stillborn daughter
• Hitchin player Alfie Barker apologised for ‘disgraceful comments’

Hitchin Town have sacked the semi-professional footballer Alfie Barker over offensive comments sent on Twitter to the Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter about his stillborn daughter.

The Football Association will investigate the tweets sent from an account in Barker’s name, which were targeted at Arter after Arsenal came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at Bournemouth on Tuesday.

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