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Rafa Benitez Takes Aim At Social Media

9:19 am, Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 40 Comments

We are not big believers in social media because it seems to give people a chance to bring out the worst in themselves by posting ridiculous and vicious comments on the Internet.

A big reason for that is they can essentially remain anonymous if they so wish.

And it’s much easier and less of a risk when you are able to say vicious things when you are anonymous.

I keep wondering where the civility of people  has gone these days – but there again I’m old-fashioned.


Rafa Benitez – talks about today’s social media

A few years ago we had to work with the Northumbria police from over here in the US because of a vicious racial comment that was put on the blog and we gave the police the IP address of the perpetrator and it eventually led to an arrest.

On Twitter as an example we see people attacking other people every day – and it’s generally those people that either criticize them or they simply don’t like .

That’s one opportunity Twitter has provided to people.

Rafa Benitez addressed social media yesterday after our goalkeeper Matz Sels had been ruthlessly and unfairly attacked by some Newcastle fans because of his hesitancy in coming out for the corner that led to the equalizing goal at Villa Park on Saturday.

This is some of what Rafa Benitez said about social media yesterday – it certainly doesn’t make you a better player.

“Every year we talk with the players about referees, big decisions and about social media and advise how to manage it.”

“It is part of life now. Snapchat, Instagram, on the phone. The best way sometimes  is to forget about it.”

“Some players have a name and an image, that is fine. Sometimes it is best to forget about social media and concentrate on your job.”

“You don’t improve on the pitch the more followers you have.”

Well said Rafa.

But there again I am of a different era than the social media – more like the Victorian era.


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40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spoof // Sep 28, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    confirmed Rafa bingo team


    Yedlin Mbemba Lascellas Dummett

    Hayden Shelvey

    Ritchie Perez Gouffran


  • 2 Ron Knee // Sep 28, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    He’s gone – but not for long:-

    “The 61-year-old says he now plans to go on holiday with his family to reflect on what has happened – but intends to return to management.”

  • 3 Slank // Sep 28, 2016 at 9:42 AM


    “The 61-year-old says he now plans to go on holiday with his family to reflect on what a prick he has been – but intends to return to management if anyone will accept a dishonest manager with limited ability.”

  • 4 Ron Knee // Sep 28, 2016 at 9:51 AM


    I imagine there’ll be a few takers!

  • 5 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    What a rude awakening Allardyce the greedy pig is in for when he returns from his sojourn in Casa St. James in Portugal.
    He is not in control of his career path any more.
    Who is going to take the risk of employing him ?

  • 6 anthc // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Allardyce you plonker!
    Best job you could ever get and you blow it!
    I’ve no sympathy whatsoever for him. He’s shown he lacks integrity, honesty and above all can’t be trusted. I’m sure someone will have him though as there is some desperate clubs out there. Look at Derby possibly looking at mclown again!

  • 7 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    The FA tried to stop Don Revie from working in football for 10 years after he walked out on the England job.

    That ban was overturned in court – the judge saying the FA was over-reaching their powers.

    If they tried the same with Allardyce I think they might have more success.

  • 8 Jib // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Should have said Revie was accused of bringing the game into disrepute – a charge more applicable to Fat Sam.

  • 9 Spoof // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Is anyone really that much bothered about big Sam and this story, it may just be me but it holds no interest at all to me.

  • 10 Tsunki // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    The press and various commentators on Sams downfall seem to attribute it to greed, dishonesty and even naivete which is a laugh, it’s down to hubris. The man is a big head from wherever you approach the term, he did it not because of need but because he thought he could. it’s one of the rare occasions I find the press to be of some journalistic worth when it weeds out braggarts and shady characters like him. He deserves to retire at best.

  • 11 Tsunki // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Just you then Spoof.

    We’ve had the world football body going along as one of the most corrupt institutions in the world short of North Korea, UEFA giving it a run for it’s money, literally, the FA has to at least try to keep it’s house in order seeing as it was quite vocal about FIFAS performance in the WC venue selection processes – it’s disappointing that despite all this the underlying ‘bung’ culture is still thriving. Where there’s brass there’s muck.

  • 12 WWSBRD // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Tbf Corruption is the culture in football Sam will be far from a one off

  • 13 TyneMouth // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    When the Telegraph dust settles, will it be a case of ‘play it again Sam’ Perhaps…

  • 14 Spoof // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    There is corruption in all sorts of business, football is no different and like other business’ I have no interest what-so-ever when someone gets caught, my biggest fear is that the press will go over the top and try to muddy waters which are generally quite clean, look at Bradley Wiggins, he is as innocent as you can get, he asked for permission before he took the medication yet some will now be doubting his integrity, how deep will the press dig within the football world to try and victimise those within the football world who are perfectly innocent, I really do not like these type of stories.

  • 15 ScoopSouthAfrica // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Well, well, well Sam the Man oops he did it again.
    Having said that he did achieve his hearts desire to be England manager and is the only one likely to have a 100% record even though obviously a short lived one off game. Shame it was not at home, he could not even walkout at Wembley (a waste of money I think he said)ag skam………

  • 16 Tsunki // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    I’m not picking on you Spoof, just the train of your argument. Do you think it’s better not to have this kind of investigative journalism and leave corruption to fester and burst out like some boil? When it becomes ingrained in the culture you have the scenario of many south American countries where it’s so woven into culture no amount of investigation or exposé can winkle it out. In fact it becomes life threatening to even try. This kind of investigation is what keeps us at least afloat in a sea of greed. It doesn’t get it all out but it tries at least.

  • 17 Son of Geordie // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Huddersfield are doing well because of in form Aaron Mooy. Creative midfielder, works his socks off, would be a good purchase for us if Chelsea would sell.

  • 18 Tsunki // Sep 28, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Anyway isn’t it just the case of Wiggins feeling the political side swiping of a disgraced and disgruntled Russian agency?

  • 19 GEORDIE69 // Sep 28, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Son of a Geordie, now Chelsea claiming money for selling Aaron Mooy would even top the Allardyce scandal.

  • 20 Budge123 // Sep 28, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo Bango
    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie perez goofy

    Toon win 3-1

  • 21 Spoof // Sep 28, 2016 at 11:16 AM


    Of course you need these type of investigations and you need to clean the sport up, however as you have pointed out yourself in the case of Wiggins others who are innocent will get their names tarnished, it always happens and this is why I don’t like these type of investigations, when they are viewed publicly with the press having a field day you rarely get a well balanced investigation, for me the Telegraph should have gave the info they had to the FA and allowed them to deal with it in a behind closed doors manner.

    Look at Anjem Choudary and how that investigation went, we heard nothing until he was found guilty, that is how it should be done, not in the public eye, as people like Bradley Wiggins will suffer needlessly, it’s the media frenzy with the press trying to outdo each other which I really don’t like.

  • 22 toontaff2 // Sep 28, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Bingo Line-up for the Canaries:

    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran

    subs: Darlow, Mbemba, Hanley, Hazaar(Woof,Woof), Colback, Perez, Mitro

  • 23 Hail Wor Ashley // Sep 28, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Just typed out a lengthy comment about Fat Sham and because I mentioned JFK with an expletive in the middle of his name it didn’t appear. Bollocks to you and your site, Ed.

  • 24 clinath@ed // Sep 28, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Bingo Line-up for tonight vs Norwich

    Mbemba Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Gayle Gouffran

  • 25 jimmysmith // Sep 28, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Rafa Bingo
    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Clark
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Perez Goofy

    It’s always just a punt on the 11 I would most prefer to see to be honest.

    If Tiote was up to speed, I’d have him alongside Shelvey, and I’m hoping Lazaar is good enough up and back to take the left back spot from the very honest but somewhat limited Dummett.
    Dummett as soon as possible.

  • 26 Tsunki // Sep 28, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Spoof – fair comment, unfortunately the kudos of breaking a meaty story is too good to miss out on and it’s a side of journalism I don’t like myself, when suspicions which later prove unfounded are printed as immutable fact. By the time the dust settles and names are cleared, the damage is done. I just think if it’s a choice between that and no investigation at all, it may be a case of breaking a few eggs to make an omelette. Perhaps if a paper found to have published an expose that later turns out to be false and unfounded, part of the damages would be to force said rag to publish a full front page apology, and foot the bill for full page ads in the top nationals. That might make crusading journalists a little less priapic.

  • 27 toontaff2 // Sep 28, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    Shelvey is adding the Championship player of the month poll on Sky, link on The Magrag -Vote!

  • 28 toontaff2 // Sep 28, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    adding = leading!

  • 29 Tsunki // Sep 28, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Hail – All it took for one of my long winded and exhausting diatribes to fall foul of Eds Sensitive Smut-Sensor was the mention of a certain Yorkshire town 🙁

  • 30 toontaff2 // Sep 28, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    ED needs to oil the works – always takes an age to post, due to the connection!

  • 31 Obafan // Sep 28, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Will there be streams for tonight?

  • 32 lesh // Sep 28, 2016 at 11:59 AM


    J!FK JF!K

  • 33 Obafan // Sep 28, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Will the game be on a stream?

  • 34 Obafan // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Is the game on television tonight?

  • 35 lesh // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:02 PM


    Ok, an exclamation mark ain’t an expletive. I misread your post

    But in any event, you should’ve known that expletives won’t get past Ed’s firewall.

  • 36 lesh // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:04 PM


    The popular view is that the match won’t be on tv or even streamed.

    Maybe you could have a look at NUFC Tv to see if it’s on there.

  • 37 murvar // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    No – bollocks to you HWA. Someone once said to me that he had learned to swear when he was 8 and how not to swear when he was 9. I guess you missed the last bit. But it can’t have been long ago – you still have time to catch up with the other adults.

  • 38 Tsunki // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    The trick generally used is to check’s TV listing on the pre-match article. If it says “Overseas TV: None” – this means the rights holding Broadcaster is not streaming a satellite feed, and you’re going to have to settle for radio. Which you will be doing for this one. Any links you might find are bogus.

  • 39 jimmysmith // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    It’s estimated that 80% of a goalkeeper’s work is done with his feet. Sels might be thought of as an 11th player, and is also a good shot stopper. I do agree though he has flapped at crosses sufficiently to raise eyebrows and tends to parry the ball back into the melee of players, so he still has much to do.

  • 40 Hail Wor Ashley // Sep 28, 2016 at 12:16 PM


    Piss off you puritanical twat.

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