Sacked footballer 'ashamed' of tweets to Arter

Harry Arter

The non-league player sacked after abusing Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter on Twitter has said he is ashamed of his actions.

Bournemouth lost a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Arsenal in the Premier League on Tuesday.

Hitchin Town player Alfie Barker, 19, later posted: "Big hype just for a disappointment like the nine months leading up to your child's birth."

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "It's disgusting. I'm totally ashamed."

Arter and his partner Rachel's baby daughter Renee was stillborn in December 2015.

Barker earlier made an apology for his "disgraceful comments" and said he would accept any punishment given to him.

He initially claimed his account, which has now been deleted, had been hacked, before apologising.

'I'm just so sorry'

Barker, who takes medication to combat the symptoms of ADHD and a mild form of autism, told Stevenage-based newspaper The Comet