The Premier League has issued guidelines to clubs and players on the use of social media as Twitter-related incidents continue to make front and backpage headlines.
The instructions, which have been put together in conjunction with the PFA and the FA, basically outline that misconduct charges will be dished out to players who say naughty things.
Sightings of football money deity Rupert Murdoch handing tablets to Richard Scudamore are as yet unconfirmed, although speculation rises that the following wise words have been inscribed in stone.
- Don’t be racist.
- Don’t be sweary.
- Don’t make accusations about Howard Webb being a Manchester United player.
- Don’t promote sponsorship stuff…you get paid loads anyway.
- Don’t tell people you’re having a bet on a game when you’re not.
- Don’t copy and paste Nietzsche quotes because it makes you look like a tit.
- Don’t turd all over the Queen’s English.
- Don’t post too many pictures of Nando’s outlets.
- Don’t pose for pictures doing that weird hand thing that may or may not make you look ‘gangsta’.
- Don’t flirt with women of questionable morality.
In essence the advice is ‘try as much as possible not to act like a dipstick footballer.’
Unfortunately it appears the advice came a little too late for Emmanuel Frimpong who this afternoon was charged with misconduct for comments made to a Spurs fan.
Hopefully the young Arsenal midfielder will learn from his mistake.
It may even be better for him to follow the lead of Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny by closing his Twitter account and focusing on his career. Leave the pissing about on the interweb for us layabouts…