Following Wayne Rooney's twitter altercation with an abuser, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested a ban on his players from using the micro-blogging website.
Wayne Rooney was involved in an altercation with a fellow tweeter on Tuesday and had replied to an abusive tweet saying, I'll put you asleep within 10 seconds. He then went on to dismiss the incident as banter.
Rooney isn't the only Twitter-active United player, with defender Rio Ferdinand known to be a big fan of the social-networking site, along with Nani and Michael Owen. In fact, Ferdinand had encouraged team mate Darren Gibson to join, but the midfielder deleted his account within two hours of joining after receiving many abusive tweets.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that the club was looking at the possible issues attached to using the website, after revealing that he did not understand the hullabaloo.
I don't know why anybody can be bothered with that stuff, he said. How do you find the time to do that? There are a million things you can do in your life without that. Get yourself down to the library and read a book.
Seriously. It is a waste of time. It seems to have a certain momentum at the moment. Everyone seems to want to do it.
Ferguson went on to say that his players should practice greater responsibility off the pitch.
They (players) are responsible for their actions, he said. We as a club are looking at it (Twitter) because there can be issues attached to it. And we don't want that.
When suggested that Twitter brings the players closer to the supporters, Ferguson had an apt response.
It would be better if they did it on the pitch, he said.
United isn't the only club with Twitter problems though. Recently, the FA reprimanded West Ham players Carlton Cole and Danny Gabbidon for comments made on their profiles along with former Liverpool striker Ryan Babel.