Altidore fined for Twitter posts

26 October 2009 06:31
Hull City striker Jozy Altidore is the latest sportsman to come under fire for writing inappropriate Twitter posts.Manager Phil Brown fined the 19-year-old for revealing that he was dropped against Portsmouth for being late. [LNB]Altidore's tweet read: "Apologize to all of you. I showed up late. Made a big mistake I'm very very sorry." [LNB]That led to a reprimand from Brown, who said: "That for me is information that stays in house. The reason he wasn't on the bench was our business." [LNB]Brown said the USA forward, who is on-loan from Villarreal, would now be fined.[LNB] Have your say on Phil Brown's decision here Hull drew 0-0 with fellow strugglers Portsmouth in Saturday's Premier League match at the KC stadium, which kicked off at 3pm. [LNB]"Jozy was on the bench until 2.10 when I decided to change it," said Brown. "It's unacceptable behaviour, full stop. [LNB]"You prepare all week for a match day, mentally and physically. To ask a player to arrive an hour and a half before a game is not too much to ask is it?" [LNB]Altidore is not the only sportsman to have fallen foul of his bosses for using the social networking site Twitter in recent months. [LNB]Darren Bent was forced to apologise for an online Twitter rant against Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy as he negotiated a move to Sunderland in July. [LNB]In August, tennis players at the US Open were warned against writing updates on Twitter during matches for fear it could violate anti-corruption rules. [LNB]While batsmen Phillip Hughes caused red faces at Cricket Australia when he tweeted that he had been dropped from the third Ashes Test before it had been officially announced.

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