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Barnsley want to terminate new deal with sponsors HEX after fans unearth vile and homophobic tweets

League One club Barnsley only announced a sponsorship deal with HEX.com last week

Barnsley wants to end new deal with sponsors HEX after fans unearthed despicable and homophobic tweets from people who helped crypto firm with the deal – including one who wrote ‘f*** those fake Sandy Hook kids’

  • Barnsley just announced a new sponsorship deal with HEX.com just last week
  • But the League One club is already trying to end it after the Supporters’ Trust raised concerns over a series of vicious tweets
  • The messages, some of which are homophobic, are said to come from individuals who claimed to have brokered the deal
  • Barnsley said the HEX.com logo will not appear on their kits in the future
  • But HEX’s Brent Morrissey said he ‘hoped to keep working’ with the Yorkshire side
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Barnsley is trying to end a new shirt front sponsorship deal with a cryptocurrency site after an investigation into discriminatory and abusive social media posts.

The League One club only announced the deal with HEX.com last week, but is already trying to end it after the Supporters’ Trust raised concerns about online posts, which they believed were from individuals who claimed to have closed the deal. have mediated.

One Twitter account, @KuqiCouture, posted tweets such as “F*** those fake Sandy Hook kids” and “Telling the world to stay indoors is easier than telling a thirsty gay man not to put it in a sick rectum.”

Another from the same user read: ‘How can #Monkeypox be a public health emergency?! The general public is safe. The virus will only spread among a certain group of people and the children who abuse them.’

A Tweet from another account, @yashdeep369, said: ‘Shut up. You’re gay and don’t take twitter seriously anymore’.

Both accounts were tagged by Brent Morrissey of HEX as people who “made the deal possible” with Barnsley.

Meanwhile, in 2017, HEX creator Richard Heart tweeted, “What are the public voting results of gay rights in Saudi Arabia? Execution by throwing from a high place, I guess?’

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League One club Barnsley only announced a sponsorship deal with HEX.com last week

Barnsley announced on Tuesday that they were investigating the reports, and on Friday morning they released a statement saying: “Barnsley Football Club values ​​our fans and our core beliefs above all else.

“In response to recent events and a subsequent investigation, the club has evaluated its relationship with the front-of-shirt sponsor and has taken steps to end that relationship with immediate effect.

“The HEX.com logo will not appear on the team uniforms in the future. Further comment will be made in due course.’

The Supporters’ Trust is working with the Football Supporters’ Association to call on the football authorities to create a set of common standards for any cryptocurrency partnership entering into a club or league, and to lobby clubs to perform diligence on current or future cryptocurrency partners.

Cryptocurrencies are currently not regulated in the UK.

A statement from Morrissey on social media read: “I have noticed that a number of tweets of a homophobic nature, made by 2 members of the HEX community, have surfaced.

While I do not endorse any form of homophobia, it is important to acknowledge that the tweets were created by 2 people who are not associated with HEX.com, HEX & Barnsley FC’s sponsorship deal in any official or legal capacity.

“HEX & Barnsley FC both have passionate communities and we’ve seen a great synergy between both groups of fans. The HEX community and the fan base as a whole are very passionate about this sponsorship and want to support the club commercially through merchandise sales and growing the fan base worldwide to help the club return to its former glory.

The Tykes are already trying to end the deal after the Supporters' Trust raised concerns

The Tykes are already trying to end the deal after the Supporters’ Trust raised concerns

“I want to build bridges and create a partnership that is good for the club and fans, but also for the people of Barnsley. We are open to suggestions to work in harmony.

“In recent days, thousands of pounds of charities have been donated by members of the HEX community to the Barnsley Food Bank and continue to be made as a show of community solidarity.

“I would also like to say that the sponsorship deal is pre-paid and in full. I hope to continue working with Barnsley FC and make this season one to remember positively. Come on, robins!’

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