In his press conference today Rafa Benitez has given advice to his players that if they have social media accounts they can use them to communicate with – but not to interact with.
The main thing for footballers is to concentrate on their football and to do everything they can to improve their game and become better players.
Rafa Benitez – in training
And social media accounts have gotten players into trouble in the past – think Joey Barton – so the manager has talked about social media today.
He made the comments in the context of Matz Sels being abused by some fans on Twitter after his mini mistake for the late equalizer against Aston Villa.
This is what the manager said:
“I have a website and a Twitter account for the website.” “There is a way to deal with things. “If you need something to promote your views or image, that is fine.”
“But you cannot be interacting with everyone, because it would be impossible to manage.”
“We have to concentrate on football. If you have Twitter or another social media account, use it to communicate, but not for interaction.”
“You do not know who is behind a message, so how can you interact? It’s important the players concentrate on their football.”
“You can message someone telling them something, but who is the other person making those comments?”
“It’s better to ignore that and concentrate on your football.” “That is what you can improve.”
Ignore that, listen to your goalkeeping coach and that’s how you can improve and make yourself better.”
One of the things with social media is you can essentially become anonymous and that allows some people to say some really terrible things online.
If you look at stuff on Twitter you often wonder where all the civility has gone between people in today’s world.
But I’ll stop there.