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.
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.