Great Manchester Police are investigating after being alerted to death threats made to banned Wigan rugby league player Ben Flower.
A series of abusive Twitter remarks were posted on an account yesterday evening, directed to Flower, who was sent off in Saturday’s Super League Grand Final and handed a six-month ban from the sport yesterday.
Flower stunned the 70,000 crowd at Old Trafford and millions watching on television when he landed a right hook on St Helens stand-off Lance Hohaia while he was motionless on the ground just two minutes into the Grand Final.
Among the comments from the single account were that Flower “deserves to be shot” and that his “last days are approaching”.
The messages also threaten that Flower is a “dead man”.
Great Manchester Police stated on Twitter: “We’ve been made aware of abusive social media activity about the Rugby League Grand Final. Please be reassured that we are looking into this.”
We've been made aware of abusive social media activity about the Rugby League Grand Final.Please be reassured that we are looking into this.— Greater Manchester Police (@gmpolice) October 14, 2014