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Charles Sale: Manchester United save face by silencing the twits
Published : 20 Jan 2010 00:46:50Rss feed
The social networking revolution is causing enough concern at Manchester United for supporters to be warned not to trust websitesconnected to Old Trafford stars. This follows the formation of a number of rogue accounts that are advertised as representing United players. Centre of attention: Macheda celebrates with a gaggle of females More from Charles Sale... Charles Sale: LMA chief Richard Bevan calls for bosses to be based at Burton 18/01/10 Charles Sale: Revolt over FA's fat-cat salaries17/01/10 Charles Sale: Micah hoping for super agent of change15/01/10 Charles Sale: Manchester City gaffe leaves United red-faced 14/01/10 Charles Sale: Age mystery over Crystal Palace ace Victor Moses13/01/10 Charles Sale: Cardiff City tax story results in arrest of former IT head13/01/10 Charles Sale: Ice-bound Anfield still open for stadium tours12/01/10 Charles Sale: Fiszman's fight is worry for Arsenal10/01/10 VIEW FULL ARCHIVE The club have been ultra sensitive on the issue since a picture ofyoung Italian striker Federico Macheda surrounded by female friends wasdownloaded off his Facebook page following his winning goal against Aston Villa last season. United now claim their squad have no personal involvement onFacebook, Twitter or any other site. And the players have been warnedabout the impersonation that is going on in cyber space. The announcement on United's official website stated: 'The club wishto make it clear that no Manchester United players maintain personalprofiles on social networking websites. Fans encountering any web pagespurporting to be written by United players should treat them withextreme scepticism.' There are claims from fans that sites representing Wayne Rooney, WesBrown, Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand have been recentlyshut down, although Ferdinand still has a MySpace page that advertiseshis myriad business interests. The takeover of West Ham during a financial downturn that stalled so many other club sales will help enhance deal brokers Rothschild's reputation as a football business operator. The London investment bank, with more than 200 years of history, prefer to keep their football work low key, but Rothschild were involved when Manchester United, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Juventus, as well as West Ham, changed hands and in the ownership battle at Arsenal. Jerome Champagne, FIFA's long-serving director of international relations (right) who was ruthlessly sacked following complaints to president Sepp Blatter that he was interfering in the work of confederation chiefs, has sent out an illuminating email to his friends. It reads: 'Some people wanted my head. They got it. Fine but allow me to say that I endlessly worked for a strong FIFA built on strong associations and for a truly universal football.' The Labour Government's interference on the size of football club debt is somewhat hypocritical following the revelations about recent party finances by ex-general secretary Peter Watt in his explosive memoirs. He writes: 'We had in every year spent more money than we had raised. Our debt soared to £30m.' Hammers still on trackThe new West Ham hierarchy will be mounting a major lobbying campaign to gain local support for their desired move into the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, starting with the Mayor of Newham. The Hammers would prefer a venue without a running track, but that is the non-negotiable part of Sebastian Coe's promises to the IOC of an athletics legacy after 2012. However, despite the stadium being constructed with a fixed eight lanes, the newly-formed Olympic Park Legacy Company are examining all options, including some kind of future temporary track overlay for football. Burton Albion manager Paul Peschisolido whether or not under orders from business dynamo wife Karren Brady in her FA capacity took the trouble to do the heavy lifting, carrying and setting up of the miniature model of the National Football Centre in newly named St George's Park for the presentation to the media at the Pirelli Stadium yesterday, despite his League Two side playing at Port Vale last night. The final auditions are taking place in TV sport's longest-running beauty parade to find a successor to John Motson, who stepped down after Euro 2008 as No 1 BBC football commentator. The candidates, Jonathan Pearce, Guy Mowbray and Steve Wilson, have Carling Cup semi-finals or the Africa Cup of Nations to make their last of numerous pitches. It's expected the Beeb choice to call the Carling Cup final will finally assume the Motty mantle.