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Derby County can confirm that the club has issued a lifetime ban to the fan who posted abusive social media messages to Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp at the weekend.

Club officials today tracked down Jordan Byrne and interviewed him regarding the tweets which mocked the death of Mr Sharp’s infant son, Luey Jacob.

Byrne admitted that he was responsible for the posts which were published after Saturday’s game at Bramall Lane.

While he apologised for his actions, Derby County stand firm that behaviour of this nature is entirely unacceptable and requires strong action.

Consequently, the club has imposed a lifetime ban on this individual which prevents him attending any Derby County games – home and away – with immediate effect.

Derby County condemns all forms of abuse and will act quickly to punish anybody who is responsible for this type of grossly offensive behaviour.