News today that the English FA is getting concerned about the use of Twitter among the players under its jurisdiction.
Joey Barton – started using Twitter in May
Joey Barton has made headlines throughout the summer for his tweets, and on Saturday made headlines for his altercation with Arsenal’s Gervinho, which led to the Ivorian getting a red card and Joey getting a yellow card.
And I watched the game last night when Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero scored two and made another an he only was on the filed for about 30 minutes, after he had come on as a substtite.
And I just happened to look up Joey’s Twitter account last night, and he had been tweeting some comments as the game was being played – but who cares?
And since professional players have lots of free time, we suppose sending out tweets about their opinions on everything under the sun, at least fills their time, but how narcissistic can you get?
The FA are presumably concerned that Joey on his twitter account risks bringing the game into disrepute when he criticizes the Newcastle management and other things.
And even tweeting about what happened in his altercation with Gervinho on Saturday surely cannot be allowed to happen after every game?
Barton has had Newcastle in the headlines over the summer conisistently, and also on Saturday for all the wrong reasons.
And we have to think the powers that be at Newcastle, and that’s Ashley and LLambias and not Pardew, are not too happy with Joey right now.
Newcastle have attempted to limit their players’ use if twitter to things not to do with Newcastle United or football, and Shane Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger, Jonás Gutiérrez and Danny Simpson all have Twitter accounts.
The Newcastle rules put out last week about Twitter was that their players cannot discuss football matters on social media sites.
Isn’t that what Joey did on Sunday about the Arsenal game, and fueled a frenzy among Sunday’s gossip press?
The news today is that all new contracts at Newcastle will now include rules about the use of social networking sites.
Barton’s problems started when he joined Twitter in May, and now has over 394,000 followers, all of whom were hanging on Joey’s every tweet last night during the Man City 4-0 win over new boys Swansea.
We don’t think so.
But social networking is now used by the youngsters, my kids use it too, so we suppose the FA will be coming out with some guidance on the matter = they have to.
It’s almost like players have to be protected for their own good, from Twittter.
Specifically for the sake of Newcastle United and Joey Barton himself, his use of Twitter has to have some limits put on it, and quickly too.