Grimsby Town Football Club has been forced to apologise after using an offensive video of Katie Price’s son Harvey to ‘celebrate’ their FA Cup win.
The League Two side posted a video on their official Twitter account on Sunday night, which showed a clip of Harvey Price, who has Prader-Willi Syndrome, saying “Hello you c***s”. The video was accompanied by the caption “Biggest win of the season #GTFC”.
The video was quickly deleted, but not before it had been shared widely on social media, prompting a furious response from Price and her fans.
Price, who is a mother of five, tweeted: “I am disgusted and shocked that @officialgtfc would use such an offensive video of my son Harvey to celebrate a win.”
She added: “Harvey is a beautiful, innocent boy who has been through so much in his life and for a club to use him in this way is disgusting.”
Grimsby Town have since apologised for the video, saying in a statement: “Grimsby Town Football Club would like to apologise unreservedly for the video posted on our official Twitter account on Sunday evening.
“The video was posted in error and was removed as soon as it was brought to our attention. We are deeply sorry for any offence caused.”
The club also said it had launched an investigation into how the video was posted and would take “appropriate action”.
The incident has sparked a wider debate about the use of social media by football clubs, with many calling for tighter controls on what is posted.
The Football Association has also said it is “deeply concerned” by the incident and is “working with the club to investigate the matter further”.
The incident has also prompted calls for greater awareness of Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects around one in every 15,000 people.
The condition can cause a range of physical and mental health problems, including learning difficulties, behavioural problems and an insatiable appetite.
Price has been a vocal advocate for her son, and has spoken out about the need for greater understanding of the condition.
The incident has highlighted the need for greater awareness of Prader-Willi Syndrome, and the importance of understanding and respect for those living with the condition.