Eric Bristow told to ‘stick his darts where the sun don’t shine’ over football abuse tweets


Eric Bristow told to

Bristow defended his tweets before apologising (Picture: PA/ITV GMB)

Former darts world champion Eric Bristow has been told by the mother of abuse victims that she’ll ‘stick his darts where the sun don’t shine’.

Bristow, who was made an MBE in 1989, had posted on Twitter that the victims of football abuse should not be able to look themselves in the mirror for not ‘getting their own back’ on their abusers when they became adults.

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He also conflated homosexuals and paedophiles in another tweet, in which he said: ‘Might be a loony but if some football coach was touching me when I was a kid, as I got older I would have went back and sorted that poof out.’

Bristow, who has since deleted the offensive tweets, was given a fierce grilling on ITV’s Good Morning Britain by Marilyn Hawes, a mother of abuse victims who set up the Enough Abuse charity.

‘I am the mother of three sexually abused children,’ she told a visibly uncomfortable Bristow.

‘I don’t know how that makes you feel, but off the back of that I’ve created this charity.

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‘I find you the most deeply offensive man that’s breathed oxygen, and quite frankly, if I had a set of darts, I would stick them where the sun don’t shine.

‘I sat with people last night that you have harmed immeasurably.

‘And if you think that what you’ve said is clever, let me take you through what a bully is.

‘You are a bully.’

File photo dated 02/04/12 of five-time world darts champion Eric Bristow, who sparked outrage and was branded

Bristow deleted the tweets (Picture: PA)

Bristow eventually apologised for what he said was a ‘mis-wording’, and claimed his tweets were supposed to encourage abused children to speak out.

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‘It was worded wrong. I apologise, it was a miswording. They’re not wimps,’ he said, before attempting to defend them once again.

‘I want youngsters now to go out and complain straight away. There’s no point complaining 30 years later.’

After the huge backlash to his offensive comments, he was dropped from his role as a Sky Sports darts pundit, and from an appearance with Newcastle United at St James’ Park on December 6.