Exeter captain Danny Coles has apologised for letting 'everyone down' by swearing at the club's supporters on Twitter.
The former Bristol Rovers centre-back, who has since deleted his account on the social networking site, was reacting to comments from several City fans during England's 2-1 World Cup defeat to Uruguay on Thursday evening.
The Grecians confirmed they will be investigating the matter internally and published a statement from their apologetic skipper.
"I would like to apologise unreservedly for my comments which appeared on Twitter last night," he said.
"I am not going to make any excuses, nor plead any mitigating circumstances: my behaviour was completely inappropriate and I am totally ashamed of my actions.
"As the captain of Exeter City FC, I know I should set a good example to the supporters, the players and the wider football community and in breaching the club's social media guidelines I have let everyone down and embarrassed myself and the club, which prides itself on its family values.
"I have deleted my Twitter account and will be making sure that I impress upon the rest of the squad the importance of realising what damage ill-judged remarks on social media can do.
"Most importantly, as a family man I would be disgusted if someone spoke to one of my children in the manner I addressed a fan last night and I will be contacting the young lad directly in order to apologise personally."