Monthly Archives: February 2011

FA’s social media guidelines seek to curb player online outbursts

Smashed computer monitor

Social media has been causing the football association a mild but steady headache for a while now but last week the FA finally released its ‘Social networking clarification’ document.

Read the FA’s official statement here

The footballer most infamous as a misuser of social media is perhaps Ryan Babel, the ex-Liverpool player. After one of his final games for the club, an FA cup tie between Liverpool and Manchester United, he edited a picture of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester Utd shirt which he tweeted as a sign of disatisfaction with a penalty decision early in the match. The image was accompanied by a caption which read “And they call him one of the best referees. That’s a joke.” Following the outburst he was fined £10,000 and charged with improper conduct.

Ryan Babel fined

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Put your money where your mouth is: The transfer window

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Last Monday saw the English Premier League transfer record shattered among a media furore.  The sports pages dedicated article upon article judging the value of these players and debates continue about the value of the deals.  What wasn’t up for discussion however, was that plenty of money was spent.

Chelsea were the biggest spenders, their £75m spent on two players an effort to reassert their Premier league credentials, both on the pitch and in the market.  Although their title challenge for this season appears to be over, they are not yet ready to give up. Chelsea are preparing their challenge for next season as owner Roman Abramovich opens that large wallet of his – as if financial muscle is synonymous with victory.

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