Collymore a 'vile hypocrite' over Twitter says Ulrika Jonsson

Jan 23, 2014

Former footballer quits social networking site after his former partner, who he abused, speaks out

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A DAY after taking Twitter to task over racism and death threats, Stan Collymore has been accused of "vile hypocrisy" by his former lover, Ulrika Jonsson, who was the victim of domestic abuse and threats of violence during their relationship.

The former footballer, now a pundit, spoke out after being targeted by trolls this weekend for suggesting Liverpool striker Luis Suarez had dived to win a penalty against Aston Villa. "I accuse Twitter directly of not doing enough to combat racist/homophobic /sexist hate messages, all of which are illegal in the UK," he said.

But Jonsson, who was kicked and punched by Collymore during their relationship in 1998, was unimpressed by his stand. She told The Sun: "If he's so against death threats, why did he say he'd 'f****** kill' me? It's a disgrace.

"It must be horrendous to be vilified for your beliefs, your colour or your sexuality. In no way do I agree with trolling or abuse on Twitter. The people that do it are pathetic cowards. But Stan is too. He is actually one of the people he's criticising."

Jonsson's comments may have prompted Collymore to quit the social networking site. "The account belonging to the former England footballer, who has more than 503,000 Twitter followers, appeared to have been taken offline on Thursday morning following a front-page story in the Sun," reports The Guardian.

"The move came as radio station TalkSport [where Collymore works] banned mentions of Twitter after accusing the site of failing to respond to racist abuse against Collymore."

The radio station said it would no longer promote the site or read out tweets on air. "It seems inconceivable that a hi-tech company with a market capitalisation of $30bn appears incapable of preventing racist and abusive tweets being broadcast across its platform," it said.

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I think she must be very unlucky as she does seem to have a lot of complaints about some/many of the men in her life.

Good! Collymore is an attention seeking t-wat.

The twitter problem is now universal, I sympathise with Ulrika Jonsson but her issue is personal and only her could hold Collymore to account but as for the rest of us we have long recognized twitter and the feeble excuses they give for not acting quickly when rascism, homophobia or personal abuse and threats are identified. On these grounds I support the brave people who expose twitter for what it is, a site who cares more about money than the people it is supposed to serve.

Ulrika looking for more "fame" - I'm pretty sure Collymore has made his mistakes but it appears she'll never move on

As horrible as it is that this happened to Ulrika, it happened in 1998 so saying that he's a hypocrite can only apply if he's the same way now. It was 15 years ago, people can change and become better people within that time so calling him a hypocrite based on his behaviour back then is irrelevant.

Well, I think Ulrika has made a point. This type of abuse cannot be dismissed just because in was some years ago. I think there many people who share the concerns that this is becoming a self promoting campaign which could have consequences for free speech. I remember the McAlpine threats and the lawyers jumping on the bandwagon creating a climate where everyone felt they could not post without fear of being bullied and threatened. Collymore should be careful what he wishes for. The Libel Reform Campaign did alot of work to change the law and it is sad to see it undone by Collymore and Co. By the way, if he wants to know what is libel and actionable and what is not, he should look at some previousl multiple defendant libel cases. What the Sun has written is not actionable in my opinion. What is written has to impair reputation and it is the behaviour of the complainant which is important here - not what the Sun and others are saying about it.

Time it seems in the eyes of the law has time limit, aged men are arrested and dragged before the courts for alleged events that took place fifty years ago so fifteen years a relatively short period of time. It seems "off- white" celebs almost invariably use the "race Card" knowing that they will get a sympathetic hearing and the full support of the law which is not necessarily available to others.

Whatever Collymore may or may not have done in his life should not influence how we judge those who tweet abuse of any kind. Even hypocrites can be right.