Since Twitter came into vogue a few years ago we’ve seen t he headlines that tweets have made from footballers, and one of the players who got into hot water for his tweets was a certain Joey Barton.
Joey Barton – while on Tyneside for four years
And Joey put the nail in his coffin when he went and criticized Ashley and Llambias for selling Kevin Nolan to West Ham.
And and even if you think that – you are daft if you put it out in a tweet – because once it’s gone it’s out there in the blogosphere and deleting your own copy means nothing.
That wasn’t the first mistake Joey made at Newcastle, and he was sentenced to six months in jail in 2008 for assault and served about 10 weeks.
Criticizing Ashley and LLambias meant that the Newcastle hierarchy wanted to get rid of him, and he was given to QPR as a free transfer to get him out of Newcastle.
Barton hasn’t done too much better at QPR, and he is now out on loan at Marseilles, and his career at QPR is likely over .
Alan Pardew has today talked in the Evening Chronicle about the new challenges social media like Twitter and Facebook hold for today’s professional footballer:
“If you are going to criticize a fellow player, anything about the club or the chairman, there is going to be a price for it.” “Come and do it in my office for sure, I’ve got no problem with that.” “It’s a new medium, certainly we’re getting our heads around it now.”
“The England party is starting to feel that too.” “It is starting to have an impact throughout football, you seen the mess that Ashley Cole got into and Rio Ferdinand.” “Joey Barton would be the first to admit he made errors on there too.” “It is a medium that’s out there.”
“Players have to be very careful because on their written contracts, at every club – not just Newcastle – from Southampton to Crewe, it bars you from talking about the club unless it is in a positive manner.
“Criticising the manager is something you just can’t do.” “Ultimately you have to be strong. You have to say ‘It’s wrong you are going to pay for it’. That’s what I did with Joey and Enrique and everybody else here.”
So footballers have to be very careful is they use social media, about what they say and usually anything negative is not good.
We like the way Demba Ba uses his Twitter account – he always puts out positive tweets – and he comes over as a great guy.
Now if he would only sign a long term deal to stay at Newcastle.
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