Former Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann stop social media Tuesday after his Twitter account was hacked and used to publish “vile” content material, together with anti-Iran messages.
The 49-year-old is now coach of Brisbane Warmth within the home Twenty20 Huge Bash League and he was targeted on their upset win over Sydney Thunder on Monday when the incident occurred.
The particular person accountable used his account to advertise anti-Iran messages and propaganda to Lehmann’s 341,000 followers.
International tensions are operating excessive after US forces killed prime Iranian basic Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad, with Tehran threatening retaliation.
Lehmann mentioned he was surprised and upset by what occurred, with Twitter having since resolved the issue and eliminated the content material.
“As you’ve got in all probability seen, final evening whereas we have been enjoying our BBL recreation, somebody hacked my accounts and used it to unfold some malicious and hurtful statements,” he mentioned.
“To see such vile and horrendous opinions utilized in my identify has prompted nice upset to me and my household. I’ve determined to have a break from social media for the foreseeable future.
“It has taken till this morning to have it resolved by Twitter regardless of me addressing it as quickly as I grow to be conscious of it after the sport,” added Lehmann, who stop as Australia coach final yr after a ball-tampering scandal.
His membership Brisbane Warmth apologised for any offence brought on by the hacked messages.