United Send Twitter to the Stands

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After a season where three Premier League footballers have gotten into trouble over their Twitter accounts revealing team or transfer info, league champions Manchester United have taken a no-nonsense policy to social media by apparently deleting all personal Twitter and Facebook pages.

Wouldn’t you like to know his inner thoughts?

Both Sunderland’s Darren Bent and Hull City’s Freddie Adu got into a spot of bother earlier this season by revealing info about Bent’s transfer to the North East club and Adu being dropped from the Hull squad respectively. Following on from these much publicised blunders Liverpool’s Ryan Babel tweeted “Hey everyone. I’ve got some disappointing news, I am not travelling to Stoke. The Boss left me out the squad. No explanation”, before last weekend’s fixtures. It seems that United are trying to make sure that none of their players make any similar online slip ups.

EPLTalk noted that “Twitter accounts have been removed for Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher, while Facebook accounts have been removed for Wes Brown. Meanwhile, the contents of the Facebook wall for the following footballers have been erased: Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand. Pictured above is the wall of Ryan Giggs’s page on Facebook showing that the contents have been removed.”

Considering this is a profession where nearly every element of your life is controlled by those in charge of the club, this move comes as no surprise, nor should it be a shock if a great number of professional sports teams make similar moves.

Those of you who want to hate Gary Neville still have an online outlet though so it’s not all bad news. Also, for those interested in a decent footballer’s blog, our vote goes to the wonderfully honest online diary of Darius Vassell’s time with Turkish side Ankaragücü.

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