English striker sacked by two clubs over Twitter comments towards Harry Arter

Alfie Barker used his Twitter account to comment on Arter's deceased daughter

BY Daniel Kelly 13:02 Wednesday 4 January 2017, 13:02 4 Jan 2017

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A non-league footballer has been sacked from two clubs, over comments made on social media about the death of Harry Arter's daughter.

Renee Arter died at birth in December 2015. Her tragic passing has been spoken about on numerous occasions by the Irish international, who had said he plans to honour her memory throughout the rest of his career.

During Bournemouth's 3-3 draw with Arsenal on Tuesday night, Alfie Barker tweeted the midfielder, while comparing Arter's "disappointing" performance to the death of his baby daughter.

Barker's tweets have since been deleted.


On the back of the comments, the player's parent club Hitchin Town sacked him on Wednesday morning. In a statement, the club said; "In the light of the player’s irresponsible and anti-social behaviour, we are terminating Alfie Barker’s registration and relationship with the club with immediate effect."

On loan at Codicote FC, Barker was also released by the club on the back of his comments towards Arter. "In regard to comments made by the player of an irresponsible and anti social nature we have no choice but to terminate our relationship with him."

Barker has since apologised for his comments, which he called "disgraceful". 

Harry Arter has yet to speak about the issue.

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