York City midfielder Adriano Moke has been fined by the club for going to war with fans on social media.
After the humiliating 4-1 defeat to Curzon Ashton on Saturday, emotions ran high on social media and the controversial midfielder was right in the thick of it.
Moke is well known for being openly responsive to fans on social media, but this time one particular comment was judged to have crossed the line.
After posting a picture on Instagram of himself playing in Saturday’s match without a caption, fans responded angrily about the lack of comment on City’s unacceptable performance.
Soon after, Moke replied to one comment saying this…
Another fan posted a private message he received from Moke, which seems to suggest the midfielder was itching for a fight…
City take action
York City released a statement on Monday (Feburary 19) to say that Moke had been fined and warned about his future conduct following his comments.
The midfielder is said to have apologised to manager Martin Gray and the City supporters and has “expressed ‘sincere regret’ for his actions”.
I will not tolerate that sort of behaviour from any player at this football club. Adriano may have been emotional after a poor performance by the team on Saturday but that does not excuse his comments.
As a York City player, you are representing the club and the wider community and you need to maintain high standards. Adriano accepts that his comments fell below those standards.
Social media reacts
Few football fans have had to endure as much as the York City faithful over recent years.
So how does a player keep the fans on side when performances are so dreadful? Rule number 1: Don’t call a supporter ‘just a fan’.
Otherwise, you can expect get this kind of response:
— georgegregory (@George_ycfc) February 18, 2018
@AdrianoMoke Have you heard of Shaun Reid,Nigel Pepper,Steve Bushell,Tony Canham,Gary Swann, Scott Jordan,Gary Ford,Tony Barratt,Mal Crosby,Mark Tinkler, Mitch Ward,Steve Spooner,Gary Himsworth? Players come and go but the fans remain and the Club we helped save lives on #YCFC pic.twitter.com/4soXvc65wM
— Ol Crabtree (@OlCrabtree) February 18, 2018
He should apologise to the "just fans" disgraceful comment once again the club say very little.
— Jamie Scarborough (@jimycfc1) February 19, 2018
I taught my kids to look up to the very best, I was treated watching some of our very best but @AdrianoMoke you are not fit to clean my kids boots after your comments about our club not yours you are just dispensable #sack
— Keith Byrne (@availble2hire) February 18, 2018
Year in year out and neither us as fans who have had to put up with such underachievement on and off the pitch over these last few years should have to take comments like this and roll over and let them get away with it. I expect an apology from Adriano and to the fans…
— Simon (@spattinson001) February 18, 2018