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United star quits Twitter after two hours of abuse

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Manchester United star Darron Gibson joined Twitter and then quit two hours later after receiving a string of abusive tweets, many of which came from his own fans.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder followed in the footsteps of Wayne Rooney, who also joined this week, and had his profile flagged up by serial tweeter Rio Ferdinand who has over 850,000 followers.

"We have a new member from the Man utd crew... @dgibbo28 has joined twitterverse show him some love tweeps!" Ferdinand tweeted to announce Gibson's arrival.

However, Gibson was quickly bombarded with negative comments, many of which came from his own supporters, who have had mixed opinions on his contribution this season.

"@dgibbo28 your performance on saturday was one of the worst I've ever seen of any utd player. scared of the ball much?," tweeted one fan.

Another said: "@dgibbo28 the biggest compliment i can give you is that you are better than Carrick"

A third user wrote: "Nothing would me (sic) make happier than if we sold you this summer, you're probably a nice bloke, but an awful footballer."

One fan even called Gibson a "traitor" because the Derry born player decided to play international football for the Republic of Ireland as opposed to Northern Ireland.

Later Times journalist Oliver Kay claimed that the reason Gibson actually quit Twitter was because he "couldn't be done with his phone going mad" as opposed to the abuse, while Ferdinand later claimed that Gibson "came off because he couldn't be bothered with it."

Pro-Gibson supporters then started a campaign to get the player back on the social network site and got the hash-tag "#getbackgibbo" to "trend" on the site.

Hash-tags are used to promote subjects on Twitter, the most popular of which then appear on the side of all Twitter users' accounts.

Some of the Tweets Gibson got. 

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