01/08/2012 10:03 BST | Updated 01/10/2012 06:12 BST

Tom Daley Twitter Abuse: Footballer Suspended For Homophobic Tweet

A Welsh Premier League footballer has been suspended after a homophobic message was sent to Olympic diver Tom Daley.

Port Talbot Town FC said midfielder Daniel Thomas has been the victim of a "misguided prank" after leaving his phone unattended, but said they have suspended the player and are investigating.

A homophobic message was sent to Daley from the 10DanThomas10 account, which has since been deleted.

Team GB diver Tom Daley was sent abusive Twitter messages from an account belonging to a Welsh footballer

A club spokesman said: "Port Talbot Town Football Club can confirm Daniel Thomas has been suspended from all involvement with the club until we have carried out a full internal investigation.

"We were made aware to an offensive comment appearing on the Twitter feed of one of our players.

"Upon being informed of the matter, we immediately distanced ourselves from any offensive messages whilst investigating the matter further.

"Having spoken at length to the player in question, we believe he regrettably left his phone unattended and was the victim of a very misguided 'prank'."

The club said it and Thomas apologised "unreservedly" and in no way condoned the views made in the tweet.

The spokesman added: "All footballers at Port Talbot Town will also be briefed on the appropriate use of social media and ensuring it is used securely and responsibly."

The incident is not the first time Daley has been the recipient of abusive online messages since his Olympics heartbreak.

Daley, 18, and diving partner Pete Waterfield missed out winning a medal at the 2012 Olympics when they finished fourth in the 10m synchronised dive on Monday.

Another Twitter troll, Reece Messer, was given a harassment warning by police after tweeting Daley had "let down" his late father, and threatening to drown him, using his Rileyy_69 Twitter account.

Messer's father Norman later told the Bournemouth Echo that his son had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and "needs help not punishment".