Harrogate Town have been dragged into a Twitter row involving television presenter Piers Morgan.
The club have moved quickly to distance themselves from a troll claiming to play for Town who made violent threats to Mr Morgan.
Mr Morgan received a tweet threatening to stab him on Wednesday night.
The account holder believes his profile was hacked. It was deactivated soon after the tweet.
Town acknowledged the account owner had trials at Wetherby Road but denied any official connection, both as a player or as a member of staff.
Mr Morgan responded to the threat: “With what? Your stupidity?”
He added: “Oh dear. My stabbing troll appears to have deactivated his account. Guess he wasn’t such a tough guy after all.”
Town tweeted last night: “This individual has no official connections to the club. We do not condone his actions or threat towards Mr Piers Morgan.”
The footballer apologised to the club for any upset caused and said he was keen to take part in future trials.
The club thanked him for his “quick response and candid approach” and said they looked forward to welcoming him at next year’s trials.
An official statement read: “The club would like to apologise to Mr Morgan for any upset that these events may have caused him.
“We would like to remind all fans that visit Harrogate Town AFC that we do not tolerate any verbal or physical acts of aggression inside the CNG Stadium.”