Police probe Flower death threats

Referee Phil Bentham shows the red card to Wigan Warriors Ben Flower (2nd left) during the First Utility Super League Grand Final match at Old Trafford
Referee Phil Bentham shows the red card to Wigan Warriors Ben Flower (2nd left) during the First Utility Super League Grand Final match at Old Trafford

POLICE are investigating complaints that death threats have been made to banned Wigan forward Ben Flower.

A series of abusive Twitter remarks were posted on an account on Tuesday evening, directed to Flower, who was sent off in Saturday’s Super League Grand Final and subsequently handed a six-month ban from the sport.

Flower stunned the 70,000 crowd at Old Trafford and millions watching on television when he landed a right hook on St Helens stand-off Lance Hohaia while he was motionless on the ground just two minutes into the Grand Final.

Among the comments from the single account were that Flower “deserves to be shot” and that his “last days are approaching”.

The messages also threaten that Flower is a “dead man”. Much of the abuse came from one Twitter source with the handle @scholzac.

Great Manchester Police stated on Twitter: “We’ve been made aware of abusive social media activity about the Rugby League Grand Final. Please be reassured that we are looking into this.”