benlennon7: @rootytooty11 @dgibbo28 nothing would me make happier than if we sold you this summer, you’re probably a nice bloke, but an awful footballer
ash28x: @dgibbo28 u offer nothing to united. Do us all a favour and hand in a transfer request u spud
jameskiddo: @dgibbo28 you are a abysmal excuse for a footballer. You’re a one trick pony … What Fergie sees in you I don’t know…
Most people inferred that Gibson was hounded from Twitter by the torrent of invective, but there were some reports, including an update at The Score, that suggested it wasn’t the content of the messages as much as the quantity.
OliverKayTimes: Killjoy alert: For what it’s worth I’m told Darron Gibson quit Twitter because he “couldn’t be done with his phone going mad.”(Yes, turn off notifications, I know. Just passing it on … And those who abused him are still idiots) http://deck.ly/~r6Wx9
His teammate Rio Ferdinand said the same thing, in a tweet he posted nine hours after his original introduction of Gibson:
rioferdy5: Darron Gibson says he came on to see what the lads were up to….he came off because he couldn’t be bothered with it not any other reason.
The incident has stirred a discussion about online civility. Some of those who insulted Gibson stood by their insults, but others felt they’d made a mistake. Some, under the hashtag #getgibboback, have been hoping Gibson would change his mind.
CautiousPaul: @OliverKayTimes Want to apologise publicly to Gibson and anyone who read much more into it than I intended. Meant as harmless pub banter.