Leigh Griffiths kicks Twitter after family targeted

Leigh Griffiths has quit Twitter due to threats to his family. Picture: Robert Perry

Leigh Griffiths has quit Twitter due to threats to his family. Picture: Robert Perry

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HIBS star Leigh Griffiths has given up using Twitter because of the abuse he and his family have been receiving.

He told how he will defend his family all day long from the sick taunts that he receives on social networking sites, revealing he has struggled to put up with the disgusting insults about his three kids – Rhys, Kacie and Layla.

But he admits his major downfall has been biting back at the verbal attacks, especially on Twitter.

Griffiths, who has found the net 27 times this season, said: “My job is to score goals, so I shouldn’t be getting abuse for doing my job.” The striker has said that because of the abuse he no longer uses Twitter.

The taunts became so bad that he decided to stop following after a heartfelt chat with Pat Fenlon.

The boss was concerned it was affecting his game and could even ruin his career.

Griffiths said: “The manager pulled me aside and told me I was not going to benefit from being on Twitter.

“He didn’t want me doing stupid things, he wanted me focused on the park,” Griffiths said, adding that despite “negative headlines” he didn’t merit his “bad boy” tag.

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