After months of abuse, much-maligned Sunderland player finally deletes his social media account

Bad news folks, #TeamKone is no longer a 'thing' on Twitter. After months of abuse and two torrid seasons, Lamine Kone has finally had enough and has deleted his social media account. 

#TeamKone is no more.👋

If ever a Twitter account neatly summed up the decline of a player and his club, Sunderland defender Lamine Kone's social media presence has been it. 

Launching soon after he was signed for the Black Cats in 2016, #TeamKone started off well enough and was notable for kicking off a little ruck with one of Sunderland's least popular ex-players James McClean. 

It seems like a lifetime ago that #TeamKone was quite a popular 'thing' on Twitter during the season in which Sam Allardyce inspired Sunderland to Premier League safety a mere two years ago. 

But with a second successive relegation confirmed at the weekend, and after months of abuse for some consistently awful showings on the pitch, the Black Cats Ivorian centre back has had enough and has deleted his account once and for all. 

@LamineKone_23 is no longer a registered user on one of the world's largest social media platforms having given us some truly gold moments in the last couple of years. 

More often than not, Kone's twitter presence had become merely a place at which Sunderland fans could gather to take out their frustrations on one of the club's under-performing players. 

Kone will likely leave Wearside this summer, and will forever be known as the player Sunderland rejected an £18m bid for in the summer of 2016 from Everton. 

There was even a petition launched back then, such was the disquiet from Black Cats fans at the prospect of selling him to the Toffees. 

From that moment onwards, the 29-year-old's form, application and popularity with fans has nose-dived and few will be sorry to see the back of him once this season has concluded. And that's despite him really being one of the better players at the club - when he can be bothered to turn up. 

But fear not. The good news is that Lamine Kone can still be found on Instagram.  Fans can continue to follow the big man's holiday news as he ponders his next move. 

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Burnley Review. Is this Relegation Confirmed?

Burnley Review. Is this Relegation Confirmed?

Burnley have one of the worst away records in Premier League history, before their trip to Wearside they'd only picked up 1 point on the road. They have also only scored 8 goals away from home all season, Sunderland have only scored one in their last 7 games. There was only going to be one result.


Sunderland owner Ellis Short made only his second appearance of the season at the Stadium of Light, Black Cats supporters are unhappy at the way the American businessman is running the club and some Sunderland's poor position on his lack of investment.

A very uneventful game saw the first talking point come on 20 minutes; Burnley had a penalty shout when George Boyd's shot was charged down by Darron Gibson, a suspicion of handball, but referee Madley turned the claims down. The referee judged this incident as face protection, therefore not awarding a spot kick. Not long after this, Burnley complained to the referee again, this time for centre half Ben Mee being down injured whilst the counter attacking Sunderland didn't put the ball out of play, although Burnley had played the advantage. Ashley Barnes then horrendously missed from 6 yards out after scuffing his shot wide, despite being unmarked.

Second half saw Sunderland come out the better team and early on Italian Fabio Borini fluffed his lines when he ran through as his shot rolled into the hands of England international Tom Heaton. Gibson was lucky not to be given his marching orders as the Irish midfielder tackled over the ball, luckily only to receive a yellow card.

Minutes later, Jermain Defoe played a delightful cross into the danger area but Tom Heaton was equal to Adnan Januzaj's shot; Bryan Oviedo managed to make an equally good cross in the same play but Seb Larsson failed to hit the target, instead skying a half volley. Minutes later, Burnley were denied a soft penalty claim and Sunderland counter attacked with the blistering pace of Januzaj, he failed to cross but Seb Larsson played in a delightful ball to the back post. Right back Billy Jones failed to net with his diving header, from a few yards out you'd expect him to score, however it looked like he was trying to head it back across the 6 yard area for Jermain Defoe. Januzaj came close when Michael Keane failed to clear his lines and it went straight to Jones who squared it to Januzaj on the edge of the area but the Belgian dragged his shot wide.

Substitute Khazri made a difference but it wasn't enough for Sunderland. Towards the end, Oviedo cannoned a pass to Denayer who couldn't control it and Jordan Pickford was forced into making a testing save from Sam Vokes. Substitute Didier Ndong was a hindrance as the Gabon international gave the ball away far too often and even got himself booked. Just before the end though, Borini had one last opportunity to give the Red and White army a goal but the Italian had his effort parried away by goalie Heaton.

You can rate the players performances from yesterday by clicking here.
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