Jacob Murphy has been forced to apologise after a picture message he sent mocking Blackpool’s current plight was leaked online.
The winger, currently on loan from Norwich, appears in a picture from the social network app Snapchat with the words ‘We’re going to lose...again’.
It’s understood the message was sent privately to a group of Murphy’s friends ahead of the trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day.
The Gazette understands Murphy called boss Lee Clark to apologise as soon as the picture leaked, before apologising publically to the fans.
“I’d like to offer my sincerest apologies to the manager, my team-mates, the fans and everybody at Blackpool Football Club for the hurt and embarrassment that a recent photo message I sent has caused,” he said.
“It was totally unprofessional of me and a foolish thing to do.
“I have loved my time at Blackpool so far, and I’ve been really grateful for the support I’ve received.
“I know I have let the manager and fans down badly, but I aim to repay them by working even harder and helping the team climb up the league table.”
Team mate Donervon Daniels, who is seen in the background of the picture, quickly turned to Twitter to distance himself from the image claiming he ‘had no idea of the intended use’.
Something which Murphy was keen to echo.
He added: “I’d also like to make clear that Donervon Daniels had no part in this and I apologise for implicating him.”
It’s believed Clark will talk to 19-year-old face to face before deciding on how to punish the winger who’s loan runs until next month.
The Blackpool boss said: “I’m extremely disappointed because I expect nothing but total professionalism from my players.
“We will now investigate this matter internally before deciding upon an outcome.”
More than 700 million pictures and videos a day are sent using SnapChat which was first launched in 2011.