Matt Le Tissier has resigned from his role as Southampton ambassador following a backlash over a controversial social media post about the war in Ukraine.
The 53-year-old former Saints and England striker on Tuesday shared a conspiracy theory regarding what appeared to be premeditated killings of civilians in Bucha and other cities before Russian forces withdrew from the outskirts of Kyiv.
Le Tissier captioned “This” and a downward-pointing emoji on a tweet suggesting that the media had “lied” before deleting the post and trying to clarify his position by saying “it was about them media manipulation”.
He issued another update on Wednesday morning to make it “very clear” that he “does not advocate war in any form,” adding that he “did not advocate taking the life of anyone else, and anyone engaging in such acts.” commits should be treated accordingly”.
Guernsey-born Le Tissier, who made 540 appearances for Southampton and scored 209 goals, then announced he had decided to “step down” from his position at St Mary’s.
“To all fans of SFC. I have decided to step down from my role as ambassador for SFC. My views are and always have been my own and it is important to take this step today to avoid confusion,” he wrote.
“This does not affect my relationship and love for my club and I will always remain a fan and supporter of all things Saints.
“However, I can see that due to recent events it is important to separate the work I believe in from my relationship with the club I have supported and played for most of my life.
“I will see you all at St. Mary’s and always do whatever I can to help the club.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/premier-league/matt-le-tissier-steps-down-from-southampton-role-after-controversy-over-ukraine-tweet-41526102.html Matt Le Tissier is stepping down from his role at Southampton following controversy over the Ukraine tweet