Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan tells fan to ‘go to hell’ in Twitter exchange | Football
The Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan told a fan to “go to hell” in a tweet after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Burnley left the promoted club mired in the relegation zone.
Khan took to Twitter in an attempt to ease Fulham fans’ concerns, promising “multiple signings to improve the squad” in the January transfer window.
“It’s on our players now to fight, finish and win,” Khan, son of the Fulham owner Shahid Khan, tweeted after two first-half own goals at Turf Moor left Fulham five points from safety.
“To squad, staff and supporters, some people are waving the white flag and saying we should surrender, people said the same … the past two seasons”, Khan added.
The 36-year-old then reacted angrily to a supporter responding: “Leave my club please,” replying with “Never. I’ll die at this club. Go to hell.”
Khan responded to criticism over the tone of his tweet, complaining the fan was among those who “give no credit when things go well,” and was also critical of initial news reports about the Twitter exchange.
“No excuses for today’s loss but context in your headline would be nice,” Khan tweeted to AP Sports. “This wasn’t my first twitter interaction with this fan. When times are down, he’s on me, but even less than two weeks after promotion he complained at me. Thanks to our fans that stand by the club.”
Claudio Ranieri’s side had made a bright start at Turf Moor, but André Schürrle’s early opener was cancelled out in the 20th minute, when Jeff Hendrick’s shot deflected in off Joe Bryan.
Three minutes later, Denis Odoi added a second own goal, heading in Hendrick’s cross to leave Fulham with one win in nine league games and in real danger of an immediate return to the Championship.