Could Rio Ferdinand suffer the backlash from this twit?

By on January 7, 2011 - 46 views

Our resident Manchester United correspondent – Editor of – drops in to talk about the centre-half’s Twitter antics…

Prior to the summer the club had a strict anti social networking policy.

Yet during his injury enforced absence from the World Cup, Rio Ferdinand picked up his blackberry and decided to join us mere mortals in the world of Twitter.

Of course people were sceptical but we now know 100% that it is indeed him and his presence is greatly appreciated, I mean who else would have taught us about #Silks?

A whole host of other United players, first team and academy, have also jumped on Twitter but today we can see why the club may not have been so keen to see their fingers and thumbs going mad on their keyboards, Blackberries and iPhones!

After being booed off by his fans in a 2-1 defeat against Hereford, Aldershot player Marvin Morgan was fined a fortnight’s wages and transfer listed after telling fans and followers: “Like to thank the fans who booed me off the pitch. Where’s that going to get you! I hope you all die.”

Aldershot were quick to react releasing a statement saying:

“The player accepted that his conduct was totally misguided and inappropriate and he accepts that his actions were incorrect and ill disciplined.

“Accepting that his actions had been foolish he explained that they had been made in the heat of the moment and apologised for the distress he had caused.

“The football club are satisfied that the player meant no malice with his comments. However they were completely irresponsible and contrary to the values of Aldershot Town Football Club.

“The player has also undermined the good work that he and his colleagues have done servicing the local community.”

Morgan isn’t the only person to fall foul of his club because of something he has tweeted; Darren Bent was famously slapped on the wrist for an outburst, as was Liverpool’s Ryan Babel.

Fortunately the worst you’re likely to be told by Rio – if he disagrees with something you’ve said – is that you are an ‘egg’. Meanwhile most of his tweets center around on field matters, music, Robbie Savage and food, but it goes to show that maybe the club was onto something when it sought to keep players off these sites!

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