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Duffy ready to face consequences

March 27, 2013
By Mike Whalley

Everton defender Shane Duffy says he will have to accept his punishment if he is punished by the club over a pro-IRA tweet that appeared on his Twitter account.

Shane Duffy has tweeted an apology
PA PhotosShane Duffy has tweeted an apology

Duffy, 21, has publicly apologised after the message "Up the Ra" was posted from his account early on March 18. He has insisted that the tweet was posted by someone who had taken his phone during a night out on St Patrick's Day.

The incident happened in the week that marked the 20th anniversary of the IRA bombing of Warrington, in which two children were killed and dozens of people were injured.

"I don't know yet what, if anything, will happen from it," Duffy told the Irish Independent. "Everyone knows it wasn't me sending those tweets. I've apologised for someone using my Twitter.

"He's [someone's] taken my phone and it's got me into trouble. I've nothing more to say as it will make more out of it. I'll just have to deal with it."

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 captain is expected to discuss the issue with manager David Moyes later this week, and Duffy added: "I haven't really spoken to him about it yet - only to some people at the club. We'll probably discuss it when I go back."