January 6th, 2011
‘Baller Opinions: To Tweet Or Not To Tweet? – UPDATED
UPDATE: It appears another ‘baller bites the dust due to twitter abuse.
Marvin Morgan, who plays for League Two’s Aldershot Town has been suspended and placed on the transfer market after being booed off the pitch on Monday after his team’s 2:1 defeat to Hereford Town.
After the match he took to Twitter and told fans;
‘Like to thank the fans who booed me off the pitch. Where’s that going to get you! I hope you all die.’
A class act indeed.
During 2010 we at Kickette have frequently extolled the virtues of our fave ‘ballers on social networking sites again and again. But a serious question has reared its ugly head over the Xmas period, one that made us lift our hungover brows up from our cashmere covered cushions and actually do some thinking (urgh).
Should footballers on social network sites such as Twitter and Facebook echo a Spiderman-like ethos i.e. “With great power comes great responsibility” or should they be free to express their opinions on whatever the bleedin’ heck they want?
Take Wojciech Szczęsny (Arsenal’s #2 shot-stopper) for example. Woj (to his friends, heh) recently posted a series of somewhat contentious tweets regarding the recent West Brom – Man Utd game. He tweeted:
“How can you not get frustrated with decitions (sic) like that going ALWAYS Man Utds way?! Its a clear pen and sending off!”
Teammate Cesc Fabregas also raised similar questions on the after the recent Arsenal game against Wigan, where Wigan’s James McCarthy seemingly handballed on a Samir Nasri free-kick. He stated:
“Whats the diference between this handball & my 1 vs spurs? Referees dont want us to complain abt them but they make life difficult 4 themself”
While most people would agree that it’s fairly innocuous for a player to argue that they should have had a penalty or state their opinion on a sending off, raising the issue of referee favouritism and questioning the decision-making process in this way is a whole other story. (Especially as Newcastle United’s Jose Enrique recently got his wrists slapped for tweeting about his exclusion from the Newcastle United team sheet.)
So this begs the question; is it OK for footballers to call into question sensitive footballing topics, or should they stick to less inflammatory comments? Szczęsny himself had this to say on the subject:
I find it weird that people tell me I shoudn’t share my thoughts about football on twitter just because I’m a footballer. If someone doesn’t want to know what I think about football then go and follow Katie Price. I write to true Arsenal supporters
Do you think a little footy opinion – agreeable or disagreeable – is a good thing, or do you think that a modicum of censorship for those in studs is a good thing?
We’d love to hear what you think – but be forewarned: saying anything insane about a rival club will garner you a red card straight off the comments board.