Twitter is a hot-bed for scrutiny when it comes to TV/movie stars/professional sportsmen/women and politicians tweeting their opinions to their followers and subsequently, the world.
Some are able to censor themselves before any humiliation or contempt is thrown on them, but others aren’t quite as good at knowing when to keep quiet.
There has been a huge amount of publicity recently around football players using (or mis-using) the social networking site. Here are the top 5 tweets to have landed English football players in hot-water.
1) Ashley Cole
Ashley Cole’s tweet calling the English Football Association (F.A.) ‘a bunch of t***s’, referring to Chelsea team-mate John Terry’s verdict in a racism trial against him, garnered the English defender a record £90,000 fine. This is just one in a long line of tweets Cole has been berated for and adds to a list of Chelsea players making headlines for the wrong reasons.
2) Rio Ferdinand
When the Manchester United squad visited the White House as part of their pre-season tour in America, Ferdinand had tweeted a picture of the security staff in the dining hall. Later, the English centre-back posted:
‘Whoa….some1 has got into my phone + taken down my pics off twitter….this is deep…is jack Bauer in Washington?!’
The White House security staff had seen the potential breech in their security and quickly moved to remove it from Twitter.
3) Ryan Babel
In January 2011 Liverpool lost 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford and after the game, which had a lot suspect refereeing decisions, Ryan Babel posted a photo of the official for the game (Howard Webb) in a Manchester United shirt, which Babel had doctored himself.
The F.A. intervened and slapped a £10,000 fine on the Dutch winger. Incidentally Babel, who now plays for German side Hoffenheim FC, was the first player to be censured over comments made on a social networking site.
4) Ryan Bertrand
Earlier this month, Chelsea’s England Under-21 full-back Ryan Bertrand was criticised and forced to apologise after he made an angry outburst about reports he was too ill to attend England training.
“Just to clarify…. Its not a ‘sore throat’ Im ill. swollen glands in my neck… And constant headache for 3 days now and freezin cold,”
“Do you think a ‘sorethroat’ could stop me being apart of a match for my club or country? #yourf*****gnuts this is what every boy dreams of.”
He later apologised to his followers and explained that he was unhappy reports suggested he was absent due to just a sore throat, when it was far more severe than that. England manger Roy Hodgson refused to condemn him, stating it showed his passion to play for his country.
5) Joey Barton
An avid tweeter, the disgraced footballer, who now ply’s his trade at French side Olympique Marseille, Joey Barton tweeted a rant about the Newcastle United board members, back when he played for the Toon Army. To no-one’s surprise, the board didn’t take too kindly to it and Barton was transfer listed immediately and sent to QPR.
It is widely believed this was a ploy by Barton to orchestrate a move away from St James’ Park, as he became increasingly frustrated with the direction the board were taking with the club. This was completely unfounded as Newcastle finished 5th place in the season that Barton had left, enjoying their most successful campaign of the in the post-Shearer era.
There are many more social media controversies featuring high profile mistakes by professional footballers and this trend doesn’t seem like it will be stopping any time soon. Do you think players should be banned from using social media?