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Name Alfie Barker
Gender Male
Ethnic xxxx
Job xxxx Footballer
Desc A non-league footballer who was suspended for seven-months for a tweet mocking Harry Arter over the death of his baby daughter

Affiliation

Club as Player Baldock
  Hitchin
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2017 01 04 Retrieve

[Alfie Barker says he trolled Harry Arter because he was ‘annoyed that Arsenal were losing 3-0 at Bournemouth’] I am just so sorry about what I have done.

I was watching Arsenal at home last night and I was hyper. At 3-0 down they weren’t playing well and I was annoyed. I’d had a couple of beers and was frustrated at the way the team was playing and I just lashed out. I have no idea why I focused on Harry Arter and his family and I am so, so sorry for what I have done.

I would like to meet Harry Arter face to face to apologise for my inexplicable actions. I cannot justify in any way, shape or form what I did but I would like to say sorry. I would like to write a letter to Harry saying sorry too. I feel like the worst person in the world today.

I’m not a horrible person. My aunt Stacey Hunt has actually had two miscarriages in the last five years, and I am distraught about upsetting her as well as my family – and of course Harry Arter and his family

[Gunners fan Barker’s first tweet to Arter, who has a tattoo on his arm in dedication to baby Renee saying] Setbacks pave the way for comebacks - RIP’, read: ‘At least you didn’t lose your kid.Big hype just for a disappointment like the nine months leading up to your child’s birth.

[Barker only deleted the tweets this morning - and he then wrote] I’m sorry for every comment made. I’d like to apologise to Harry Arter and his family for such disgraceful comments and I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. The FA have launched a probe and will be seeking Barker’s observations in relation to his social-media activity

2017 01 05 Retrieve

[Disgraced Alfie Barker and his father take to radio to issue apology to Harry Arter] I work every day and I have spent the whole day trying to understand why I did what I did. I would like to meet Harry Arter face to face to apologise. I cannot justify in any way, shape or form what I did but I would like to say sorry. I would like to write a letter to Harry saying sorry too.

I feel like the worst person in the world today. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever done in my life, but it is so out of character. I honestly don’t know why I did it

I was watching Arsenal at home and I was hyper. At 3-0 down they weren’t playing well and I was annoyed. I’d had a couple of beers and was frustrated at the way the team was playing and I just lashed out. I have no idea why I focused on Harry Arter and his family and I am so, so sorry for what I have done. It was a moment of madness. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever done in my life, but it is so out of character. I honestly don’t know why I did it. I also completely understand why Hitchin Town took the action they did and I completely agree they did the right thing

2017 01 07 Retrieve

[Footballer Alfie Barker gets death threats over Harry Arter tweets] I feel really scared, I don’t know what’s going to happen to me if I go out by himself. I’m 18 years old, I made a mistake but everyone deserves a second chance

[He initially claimed his account, which has now been deleted, had been hacked, before apologising] I regret it massively. I’m saying sorry because I want to say sorry and I mean it, not because I’ve been caught out.

2017 09 20 Retrieve

[Barker, who suffers from mild learning disabilities and autism, apologised in the aftermath of the incident] It’s the worst thing I’ve ever done in my life, but it is so out of character. I honestly don’t know why I did it