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Man City players warned players about dangers of Twitter and Facebook

11 Feb 2011 09:35:14

Man City players warned players about dangers of Twitter and Facebook

Manchester City will become the first club to officially warn their players of the dangers of social networking sites Twitter and Facebook. With modern footballers now prone to expressing opinions, views and emotions through such public forums, City do not want Roberto Mancini's players stepping over the line in the manner that former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel and young Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere have in recent times. Regular tweeter: City defender Micah Richards (left) City had to speak to a staff member about offensive material featured on his Facebook page in the run up to Saturday's derby against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The employee closed down his site on Thursday afternoon after officials were alerted to potentially inflammatory comments made about United and their manager Sir Alex Ferguson. With Greater Manchester Police having warned both clubs about the conduct of players and staff ahead of the game, City were immediately concerned when they saw the posts. You Twit: Babel posted a mocked-up photograph of referee Howard Webb It is understood that City's stars - along with the rest of the club' staff - are to be given a booklet designed to advise them of their conduct in public. In the pamphlet - that has already been printed - is a chapter on the pros and cons of social networking sites. Club officials were at pains to stress that the club's players have not been banned from posting comments on Twitter or from having Facebook pages. Rather the warning is aimed at steering them away from posting comments that are likely to get them in to trouble. Of the City squad, only defender Micah Richards and winger Adam Johnson are regular tweeters. But former Liverpool player Babel was charged by the FA after posting a mocked-up photograph of referee Howard Webb dressed in a Manchester United kit on his Twitter page last month while Wilshere complained about the refereeing following Arsenal's dramatic draw at Newcastle at the weekend.  Brian Kidd feeling 'lucky' to be part of Manchester derbyMan City boss Mancini targets Italy star Pirlo after contract talks freezeManchester legend Denis Law: It's the 60s all over again with City challenging United to be kings of England  Explore more:People: Alex Ferguson, Ryan Babel, Adam Johnson, Jack Wilshere, Roberto Mancini Places: Newcastle, Liverpool


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