Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has closed his Twitter account after receiving abusive messages following his side's Saturday 4-2 home defeat to Chelsea.
The 22-year-old England right back struggled to stop the West London side's Juan Mata leading up to Chelsea's fourth goal, scored by Daniel Sturridge.
Angry messages on Twitter prompted Walker to leave, after leaving his own messages in response to the abuse. He wrote to his 250,000+ followers: "Would love to know what I'm doing so different I give 100 per cent every game and still u [have] something to say I'm 22 and learning #embarrassing. If I said what I thought to these people I would get done humans make mistakes it was 90mins and I though[t] a foul end off!!!!"
Walker's performances in the 2011-12 season won him the Professional Footballers' Association's Young Player of the Year award and has been recognised by England Manager Roy Hodgson.
A number of high profile tweeting incidents amongst footballers have been reported recently, the most recent being Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole's £90,000 fine for labelling the FA a "BUNCHOFT***S" for doubting his evidence during their investigation of John Terry's use of racist language towards Anton Ferdinand.