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Ex-footballer becomes internet hero after turning tables on Twitter troll

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Woodhouse during his football days (© Getty Images)
Woodhouse during his football days (© Getty Images).

It must be difficult being in the public eye in the modern age, especially if you just so happen to be a sportsman.

While social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have helped bring fans and their idols closer together, they have also helped provide the perfect platform for keyboard warriors to fire off a stream of abuse from the comfort of their own homes.

Tottenham's Kyle Walker, Chelsea's John-Obi Mikel, British diver Tom Daley and swimmer Becky Adlington are just some of the countless sportsmen and women who have been the target of abuse from Twitter trolls, with Walker and Mikel opting to leave the site, although the Spurs defender soon returned.

But, on Monday, one man decided to take a stand. Former Sheffield United and Birmingham City midfielder turned professional boxer Curtis Woodhouse lost a fight against Shane Singleton on Friday night. No shame in that you might think.

Alas, one Twitter user was distinctly unimpressed and took to the social site to air his ill-feelings towards the beaten boxer, urging him to 'retire immediately' and branding him a 'complete disgrace'.

Rather than engage in a war of words though, Woodhouse decided to take matters into his own hands and offered £1,000 to anyone who could help him locate "@jimmyob88". 

It turned out someone could. Woodhouse decided to drive to his heckler's house, and tweeted a picture of the street on which he lived along with the message: "Right Jimbob, I'm here,", adding: "Someone tell me what number he lives at or do I have to knock on every door #itsshowtime."

Woodhouse's would-be rival didn't appear as up for the challenge of a fight as the professional boxer, and was soon forced into an embarrassing turnaround, tweeting: "I am sorry it's getting a bit out of hand I am in the wrong I accept that".

The incident has turned the former footballer into an internet hero, with the likes of Joey Barton and Lennox Lewis tweeting to congratulate him.

Woodhouse now has over 22,000 followers on Twitter, and drove home safe in the knowledge that the internet was a slightly nicer place to be because of his actions. Click here to read the full exchange. 

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