No charges for footballer over Daley tweet
A PORT Talbot footballer arrested after an abusive comment was posted on Twitter about Olympic diver Tom Daley will not face charges.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keir Starmer QC, said the message was "not so grossly offensive that criminal charges need to be brought".
Daley, 18, and his dive partner Peter Waterfield, finished fourth in the 10m synchronised dive on their first performance at the London Olympics.
An offensive tweet later appeared from the @10DanThomas10 account, which Daniel Thomas, 28, has claimed was sent by someone else.
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The midfielder was suspended by Port Talbot Town following the incident.
In a DPP statement Mr Starmer said the message prompted Mr Thomas's arrest and interview.
The matter was referred to Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Wales.
"There is no doubt the message posted by Mr Thomas was offensive and would be regarded as such by reasonable members of society," he said.
"But the question for the CPS is not whether it was offensive, but whether it was so grossly offensive that criminal charges should be brought. Before reaching a final decision in this case, Mr Daley and Mr Waterfield were consulted by the CPS and both indicated that they did not think this case needed a prosecution."
Port Talbot Town chairman Andre Edwards said: "Everyone at the club is glad that this issue has been dealt with.
"We feel Daniel Thomas has been punished and he has been very remorseful about the whole thing.
"We are hoping to move forward as a club and put this behind us."