Troy Deeney has faced abuse from fans after joining The Sun as a columnist.

The Hornets striker signed on to write a fortnightly column for the tabloid, but following the announcement last week (October 21), some critics were vocal in their opposition to the news.

When Deeney announced his two new gigs with his fortnightly column in the newspaper and weekly appearances on talkSPORT. The striker said he wanted to “add something unique and give a different perspective” on football and other areas of life.

Although there was some opposition, others were supportive of his new roles saying that it would be “interesting” to hear his “realistic perspective” and his stories.

But some people, who are critical of The Sun for its "ethical decisions" on various stories, believe his move is hypocritical - considering some controversial articles regarding race and other subjects.

For example, in a recent column, Deeney wrote: "If a high-profile black player such as Raheem Sterling is experiencing racial abuse then everyone piles in and that drives traffic, which increases their advertising and profits.”

In response some tweeted:

The Sun has also caused historic controversy in Watford as it constantly referred and vilified Graham Taylor as a "turnip". The tabloid was also accused of “insidious homophobia” and being out of touch for a headline about Elton John’s marriage: “Elton takes David up the aisle”.

Former editor of monthly gay magazine Attitude told the Press Gazette: “It’s a kind of insidious homophobia. It’s just chipping away, constantly perpetuating ideas that, ‘Oh, they’re all limp-wristed hairdressers who have anal sex all the time’.”

Many football fans across the nation had supported the 'Don’t Buy The Sun' boycott for its coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster when 96 people died from the stadium collapse. The Sun was accused of depicting Liverpool fans as drunken hooligans.

Twitter users laid into Deeney for joining The Sun:

Nevertheless, some Watford Observer readers showed their support for the Watford captain.

One reader wrote: “Good for him. I think that he will provide an interesting and much more realistic perspective on the game than many. It also gives him a career when his playing days are over. In the meantime, banging in a few more goals for Watford and nurturing the youngsters in the squad would not go amiss.”

Another wrote: “Good luck to the man! As a talk sport listener looking forward to it 'As for the Sun one of the better rags for football but will upset some people in the game north of the border.”

Someone else wrote: “Only had to watch the coverage last night to see he has some interesting and honest things to say about the club and game last night. Might not be everyone's cup of tea but least he looked like he cared and wanted to be there unlike Andre Gray for the Luton game!!!
“I don't read the Sun and care much for it but many do and that is their right.”

What are your thoughts, is the criticism too harsh and unwarranted, or are the comments fair?