The world of social media can often be a brutal environment; a truth demonstrated perfectly by a recent spat between Damien Delaney and new Brighton signing Glenn Murray.
Whilst interactions between professionals on different social media platforms often remain relatively cordial, the Irishman was clearly feeling in a combative mood on Wednesday evening, prompting him to post a remarkably pointed comment on a photo that had been uploaded to Murray’s Instagram account showing this season’s Brighton shirt with his name freshly printed on the back.
The Cumbrian-born striker’s career has famously seen him represent both sides of the fierce rivalry with distinction in years gone by, but after leaving the Seagulls for Selhurst Park on a free transfer in 2011, he subsequently found himself out of the first-team picture with his new club Bournemouth and happily jumped at the chance to pull on a Brighton shirt again this summer with his career steadily winding down following a frantic few years in the spotlight.
Unsurprisingly, his readiness to hop between the two clubs has ruffled a few feathers on either side of the divide, including the aforementioned Delaney’s by the looks of things.
Whilst it is likely to be nothing more sinister than a lively bit of banter between old teammates, Damo will have been fully aware of the reaction a statement as provocative as his was likely to generate from both sets of supporters, with the comments that followed commending the Palace man for the front he had shown in digging out Brighton’s new number 17.
There have been plenty of fans suggesting that James Tomkins’ arrival in SE25 will provide a serious barrier to regular football for Delaney this season, but there can be no doubt that his heart is 100% committed to the Palace cause for the foreseeable future.
What a man.