On the surface David Sullivan Jnr (@davesulley) is like any other footballer supporter on Twitter: the West Ham fan has broadcast his critical opinion on the club’s manager, midfielder Kevin Nolan, and claimed it was “coincidence” that striker Andy Carroll is ‘injured’ on his birthday, alleging that he’s out clubbing instead. So far, so ordinary.

One of the tweets managed to criticise both manager Sam Allardyce and midfielder Kevin Nolan

One of the tweets managed to criticise both manager Sam Allardyce and midfielder Kevin Nolan

Except David Sullivan Jnr is the son of West Ham co-owner David Sullivan.

He’s now been made to apologise for his actions, claiming it was a “moment of madness” and that there are “no excuses for my actions”. He also says he apologised himself and wasn’t made to issue the statement, which has since been picked up by national newspapers.

Sullivan Jnr had amassed over 7000 followers by the time of last night’s tweets, which came after Everton equalised in injury time in the third round of the FA Cup.

One of the tweets also asked fans to send pictures of Andy Carroll along with proof as it was the striker's birthday

One of the tweets also asked fans to send pictures of Andy Carroll along with proof as it was the striker’s birthday

David isn’t the only young Sullivan to tweet about the club – his brother Jack originally announced the news that Mauro Zarate had signed for the club in the summer. We imagine the club’s press office are big fans of their work.