Tweets Earn Barton And Mbia Bans
Footballer tweets have once again made the news ... and earned players bans.
Marseille's on-loan midfielder Joey Barton has received a two-game suspended ban for insulting Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva on Twitter.
The French Football Federation summoned the QPR player to appear before their ethics committee for a second time after his offensive Twitter outburst about the Brazilian last month.
Marseille swiftly ordered Barton to cut out his comments and he has since apologised to both PSG and Silva.
The 30-year-old, who did not attend the hearing, will only serve the suspension if he uses offensive language again on Twitter and the ban is not related to his actions on the pitch.
Barton is cleared to play in the last three remaining league games for Marseille, who still have an outside chance of winning the title.
QPR have fined midfielder Stephane Mbia for a number of tweets that appeared on his official Twitter account.
The Cameroon international, who joined QPR from Marseille last summer, appeared to contact Joey Barton and ask if he fancied swapping clubs.
Mbia denied sending the messages, claiming someone got hold of his login and password, but QPR's head of media and communications Ian Taylor confirmed in a statement that the 26-year-old had been fined.
He said: "The club has concluded its investigation following a series of tweets which appeared on Stephane Mbia's official Twitter account.
"Stephane has stressed to the club that he is not responsible for the Tweets. However the club is of the view that every player that has a Twitter account is ultimately responsible for what appears on it.
"As a result, Stephane has been fined and warned in relation to his future conduct. The club will be making no further comment."
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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