Former England and Southampton midfielder Matt Le Tissier has stepped down from the club’s role as ambassador following a controversial tweet.
Le Tissier seemed to spread conspiracy theories about Russia’s massacre of civilians in Bucha, Ukraine, in a tweet on Wednesday morning.
He seemed to suggest the media have lied about the gruesome scenes in the Eastern Europe country, leading to a backlash on social media.
The former England international has since apolgoised, with Southampton distancing themselves from his opinion.
In a series of Tweets, Le Tissier insisted many missed his point, and that the does not support war in any way or shape.
“Let me make something very clear I do not advocate war in any way shape or form I do not advocate anyone taking lives of others and anyone who commits such acts should be dealt with accordingly, any atrocities leave devastating effects on the families of the victims and us all,”
To all the fans of sfc. I have decided to step aside from my role as an ambassador of SFC. My views are my own and always have been, and it’s important to take this step today to avoid any confusion. This does not affect my relationship with and love for
— Matt Le Tissier🌸 (@mattletiss7) April 6, 2022
Le Tissier played 270 Premier League games for Southampton and scored 100 goals