West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison is the latest high-profile footballer to land himself in trouble for comments made on Twitter, The Sun reports.
Morrison, 19, responded to a fans criticism with the following:
“Go suck out u little f****t. Your a guy that talks if u see me you try slap me I’m in manchester every week.”
This is the latest in a long line of incidents from both professional football players and fans that show Twitter can be a dangerous tool, in the wrong hands. Morrison has been heavily criticised for his use of homophobic language, as well as proving he’s an idiot, incapable of using correct grammar.
What Morrison, and many others don’t seem to grasp is that whatever you say on Twitter is treated in the same way as if you said it to the person in ‘real life’.
Take Lee Steele for example. The Oxford City striker was sacked by his club last month, and rightly so. This was after Steele made some disgusting homophobic remarks about fellow sportsman Gareth Thomas (Oxford Mail).
There are many other examples of Twitter being (mis)-used by so called professionals. Joey Barton is the obvious example. The QPR captain recently escaped prosecution for potential contempt of court, after airing his views on the John Terry racism saga (BBC).
QPR owner Tony Fernandes is a prolific ‘tweeter’, and according to ex-manager Neil Warnock, his relationship with Fernandes was ‘slowly poisoned’ due to Twitter, culminating in Warnock losing his job (Guardian). This shows the how far-reaching the effects of Twitter are, and the impact it can have on everyone in football, even managers.
I haven’t even mentioned the fans yet. Some fans using the site have found themselves facing legal action as racism has reared it’s ugly head into the game once more.
On Monday, two Sunderland fans pleaded guilty to sending racist tweets directed at Demba Ba and the Newcastle squad (Guardian). This comes at the time when two 17 year olds were given final warnings for yet more racial abuse on a Newcastle player, this time Sammy Ameobi (Mail Online).
So as you can see, Twitter can be a very dangerous tool when in the hands of certain indivudals. This can happen at all levels of football, be it players, fans or those in management.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. The vast majority of fans using Twitter see it as a great way of communicating with their heroes. Most players use it to air their views and opinions with fellow professionals, pundits and their millions of fans.
It’s just a shame the few idiots who misuse it are tarnishing it’s reputation.
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