EX-FOOTBALLER Matt Le Tissier has been slammed for spreading distorted conspiracy theories about Russian war crimes in Bucha.
The former Southampton striker released a controversial tweet suggesting the media had “lied” about the atrocities in the city.
He entered the international conversation in a bizarre way as the true extent of the horrors in Bucha began to emerge.
Harrowing images from the city northwest of the capital Kyiv showed that Bodies of civilians strewn in the street and in shallow graves – many with their hands tied and signs of torture.
Russian troops left a trail of death and destruction behind before their retreat, leaving the world shocked by the extent of the suffering of Ukrainians.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy fought back tears When he visited the devastated city, he described the actions of the Russian troops as “genocide”.
A Russian commander called “Butcher of Bucha”He is said to have overseen the rape and murder of hundreds of women and children.
But the Kremlin claims the massacre never happened — and photos never did staged for western media.
Le Tissier seemed to share the same sentiment as Vladimir Putin, quoting a tasteless tweet as the war in Ukraine raged on.
Alongside a picture of Zelenksy visiting the city, it read: “The media lied about weapons of mass destruction. The media lied about Covid.
“The media lied about Hunter Biden’s laptop. But honestly they are telling the truth about Bucha!”
Le Tissier has now stepped down from his role as Southampton FC ambassador due to the online controversy.
The 53-year-old, who has eight caps for England, simply captioned it the word ‘This’, along with a finger-pointing emoji.
But Le Tissier’s ridiculous conspiracy theory was condemned by his 570,000 followers, with fans saying they could no longer support him.
The football pundit – known for spreading his mad opinions online – has been branded “disgusting” and even “dangerous” by angry supporters.
One chimed in: “Unfollowed Matt Le Tissier a few years ago after he started tweeting Covid conspiracy theories.
“Now they are suggesting that the war crimes in Ukraine are fake. Sometimes idiots can be dangerous.”
DESCENDS FROM SAINTS
Another added: “Someone will take his phone before he embarrasses himself and his employers any further.”
A third said: “Matt Le Tissier was a hero of my youth. Very sad to see what has become of him.”
While a fourth chimed in: “Disgusting – and this isn’t the first time he’s shown himself for who he really is.”
Le Tissier later announced that he had retired from his role with his beloved team in order to “separate the work I believe in from my relationship with the club”.
He added: “My views are, and always have been, my own and it is important to take this step today to avoid confusion. It does not affect my relationship and love for my club.”
Comedian David Baddiel also knocked down the former Southampton player a peg or two, saying: “I’m beginning to wonder if Terry Venables was right.”
FILL RUSSIAN RHETORIC
The prankster was apparently referring to the England manager’s decision to drop Le Tissier during Euro 96.
In response to Baddiel, Gary Lineker wrote: “He was so many times. Wtf?”
Le Tissier has since deleted the outrageous tweet, saying: “As people miss the point as usual, it was about the media manipulation but you really knew that.”
He continued: “Let me be very clear that I am not in any way advocating war.
“I am not advocating taking the life of anyone else and anyone committing such acts should be treated accordingly. Any atrocities leave a devastating impact on the families of the victims and on all of us.”
Le Tissier’s tweets have continued to fuel Russian conspiracies that scenes of devastation were “staged”.
A state television report claimed that the carnage broadcast from Bucha was a “provocation” carried out “by professionals, probably British”.
Putin’s propaganda machine has repeatedly tried to cover up Russia’s involvement in alleged atrocities – including the abuse Cluster bombs to blow up Ukrainians.
Moscow has even made distorted claims accusing Ukraine of being under a Nazi regime while continuing to deny any responsibility for civilian attacks.
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