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Twitter Ban On Way At Newcastle?

9 years ago

Under a new FA code of conduct, from November onwards all England players are going to be banned from making any match-related comments on Twitter for 24 hours before a match.

This will surely be only the first of many initiatives with the individual clubs forced to follow in the longer term.

The FA code means that any comments about, “…the opposition, management or individuals could all result in disciplinary action”, with any comments on match day or the day before only posted, “…with management approval”.

The FA initiative follows highly public and damaging incidents involving players such as Ashley Cole who insulted the FA and his England (…and Chelsea) teammate Ryan Bertrand who swore on Twitter after he was withdrawn from the squad.

In a sad indictment on the kind of people we have representing our country, the FA found it necessary for a high ranking FA delegation including Brooking,  Bevington and Bernstein, to give a presentation to the players on what they expect in terms of player behaviour.

Acting as ‘Normal decent human beings’ should just about cover it and of course this shouldn’t have to be spelt out but with some of the lowlifes currently ‘representing’ us in our national team, it is all too clear that they haven’t the faintest idea of how despised they are by so many because of their ignorance and arrogance.

On a club level, Newcastle United have been relatively lucky in terms of the players and social media, once Joey Barton was shown the door anyway, and give or take the odd idiot posing with a gun on Facebook.

However, like any organisation, especially in this situation, it is only as good as the people inside it. Newcastle’s players have in the main used the likes of Twitter in a really positive way in terms of interacting with fans but the club will need to have something in place to control the use of it because as sure as night follows day, down the line we will see further problems.


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