I was at first amused and later disturbed to read the following story, which I picked up via the social networking / bookmarking site Reddit : http://tinyurl.com/bh57oc.

Amused because anyone foolish enough to drive hundreds of miles to cheat on their wife on the basis of a spurious internet encounter is naïve and maybe deserves everything they get.

On the other hand when you consider that this rather unpleasant set up was a deliberate ‘prank’ brought about as the result of football rivalry, then I believe you have to stop and think about just what is going on here.

Firstly, they had already broken the guy’s ankle, apparently by accident, when on holiday. Most normal people would leave it at that and get on with their lives when they get back to normal life. Not these two characters; instead they set up an elaborate hoax to lure their victim into making a fool of himself, persuade him to part with a picture of himself in the nude, and then record the conversation in which he found out that he’d been had. This information was then posted on the internet and subsequent publicity, deliberately orchestrated or otherwise, ensured that the story went viral and was picked up in the national press along with a photo of the hapless victim. I can’t help feeling that there is a case to be made for an unreasonable level of interference in someone’s personal life having taken place and wonder abouyt the legality of this kind of harrassment. The victim appears to be taking it well, but I can’t help but wonder whether the abuse that he has suffered thus far making him wary of saying anything to further antagonise his tormenters.

I am, incidentally, a Liverpool supporter.

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