‘Moving on from denying Covid to denying war crimes… sad to see what he has become’: Southampton football legend Matt Le Tissier slammed by fans for spreading new conspiracy theories about Russia’s massacre in Bucha – before he deletes his tweet
Former Southampton striker Matt Le Tissier has been savaged on social media for spreading conspiracy theories about the massacre of innocent Ukrainian civilians in Bucha by Russian troops, with fans admitting it is ‘sad to see what he has become’.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky visited the war-torn town in recent days, with dozens of bodies seen lying on the streets after being shot at close range. Many were found with bound hands and even displayed signs of torture.
Ukraine and Western leaders have accused Vladimir Putin‘s forces of slaughtering civilians and dumping their bodies into mass graves. One pit contained at least 57 people, and the devastating scenes have been widely condemned.
However, Le Tissier has appeared to suggest that the media have ‘lied’ about the unfolding horrors in eastern Europe, having re-tweeted a conspiracy theory and simply captioned it with the word ‘This’, along with a finger-pointing emoji.
The distasteful post from an account named Unity News Net showed a picture of an emotional Zelensky surveying the devastation and suggested the press have falsified claims about ‘weapons of mass destruction’, ‘Covid’ and ‘the Hunter Biden laptop’.
Unsurprisingly, Le Tissier’s stance has led to social media users criticising the Saints hero – and many aired their anger at previous theories floated by the 53-year-old.
‘Someone take his phone off him before he embarrasses himself and his employers any further,’ one fan said.
Another wrote: ‘Matt Le Tissier was a hero of my youth. Very sad to see what he has become.’
Matt Le Tissier angered fans after spreading conspiracy theories about the Bucha massacre
On Twitter, Le Tissier re-tweeted a post suggesting the media have ‘lied’ about certain events
‘He was my boyhood hero but he’s so far down the rabbit hole, it’s really sad to see,’ a crestfallen third added.
A fourth said: ‘This is hardly surprising, but Matt Le Tissier moving on from denying Covid to denying war crimes is so very grim.’
Meanwhile, a fifth posted: ‘I love Southampton FC, but Matt Le Tissier better not have anything ever to do with my club again.
‘Disgusting – and this isn’t the first time he’s shown himself for what he truly is.’
Gary Lineker and David Baddiel have also seemingly aired dismay over the tweet.
A number of disgusted social media users responded to Le Tissier to voice their frustration
Baddiel wrote, ‘I’m starting to wonder if Terry Venables was right’, potentially referencing the time Le Tissier was dropped by the England manager for Euro 96.
Replying to Baddiel, Lineker said: ‘He so often was. Wtf?’
Just a matter of hours after posting the tweet, Le Tissier revealed he had deleted it.
‘Deleted previous tweet as people as usual missing the point, the point was about the media manipulation but you knew that really,’ he wrote in his defence.
Zelensky has admitted it has become harder for Ukraine to negotiate with Russia since Kyiv became aware of the scale of the alleged atrocities during the war.
David Baddiel and Gary Lineker have also discussed the controversial post from Le Tissier
‘These are war crimes and will be recognised by the world as genocide,’ he said, wearing body armour and surrounded by military personnel while in Bucha.
‘It’s very difficult to talk when you see what they’ve done here.
‘The longer the Russian Federation drags out the meeting process, the worse it is for them and for this situation and for this war.’
He went on to add: ‘We know of thousands of people killed and tortured, with severed limbs, raped women and murdered children.’
A visibly emotional President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the devastation in the war-torn town
Pictured: Bags containing bodies of civilians, who residents say were shot by Russians troops
Ukraine’s prosecutor-general said the bodies of 410 civilians, many with bound hands, have been recovered from towns surrounding the capital city.
US president Joe Biden, meanwhile, lambasted Putin as a ‘war criminal’ and described the killing of civilians in Bucha as a ‘war crime’.
‘This guy is brutal, and what’s happening in Bucha is outrageous and everyone sees it,’ Biden said, as he called for a war crimes trial over the alleged crimes.