Glentoran win appeal against Leon Knight Twitter case ban

Leon Knight
Glentoran's Leon Knight is a regular user of the social networking site Twitter

Glentoran have successfully appealed against Leon Knight's three-match ban for comments he made on Twitter.

The controversial and much-travelled striker was the first Irish League player to be suspended for comments made on a social networking site.

The case related to Knight's time as a Coleraine player, but he then moved to Belfast club Glentoran.

Knight will now be free to play for the Glens in Saturday's Premiership clash against Cliftonville at the Oval.

The striker left Coleraine after the Bannsiders said they would not continue to pay his travel costs from London.

"We argued that, although the club accepts what he did was totally unacceptable, no guidelines had ever been issued regarding social media," said Glentoran chairman Aubry Ralph.

"Also we were being punished for something Leon Knight did whilst at another club, and there are many other Irish League players using Twitter in an inappropriate manner and not being penalised.

"We are delighted the ban has been overturned, although he does have a suspended £500 fine and is aware that any further misuse of Twitter will, I imagine, result in a hefty suspension."

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