p>Twitter, along with its big brother Facebook, have taken over the social networking world and have entrenched themselves firmly in the everyday lives of the everyday person. Professional footballers, who were so often seen as untouchable or inhuman to the common supporter, are not exempt from this trend and have even taken to ‘tweeting’ via their mobile phones during their team’s matches whilst on the bench or in the stands.
Football Associations have taken note and stepped in to hand out punishments for bringing the game into disrepute. As England’s Carlton Cole was the latest player to be fined for ‘improper conduct’ for comments made during England’s friendly against Ghana earlier this month, I have compiled the most entertaining ‘chirps’:
1) BRADLEY ORR / PADDY KENNY – QPR FC
Sometimes harsh words are warranted. Never has this been truer than for Blackburn Rover’s resident low-life El Hadji-Diouf. After abusing QPR’s Jamie Mackie while he lay on the pitch with a broken leg, Orr and Kenny tweeted:
“…that c*nt Diouf will get it one day,” and “Never come across a more repulsive human being than E H Diouf!”
2) WANG DALEI – China
This Chinese international goalkeeper perhaps should spend more time on the training pitch and less time ranting. The loudmouth vented his fury at Japan’s fans after a 3-0 Asian Games defeat:
“It would be flattery to call you fans. You’re just a bunch of dogs.” Flattery will get you everywhere.
3) GLEN JOHNSON – Liverpool FC & England
After Johnson’s attitude was questioned on live TV by former Arsenal midfielder-turned-pundit, Paul Merson, the Liverpool defender got personal. Imagine his frothing mouth and furious fingers as he typed:
“Comments from alcoholic drug abusers are not really gonna upset me and who is Paul Merson to judge players…the only reason he’s on that show is coz he gambled all his money away. The clown!”
4) MARVIN MORGAN – Aldershot Town FC
At times we all wish someone in our lives would ‘disappear’. Just for a few months at least. But who in their right mind would wish that upon a few thousand people who pay your wages?
“Like to thank the fans who booed me off the pitch. Where’s that going to get you! I hope you all die.”
5) CARLTON COLE – West Ham & England
The latest player to be charged by the FA after fans complained about his comments on Twitter following the recent England v Ghana friendly. Cole passed comment that:
“Immigration has surrounded the Wembley Premises! I knew it was a trap! Hahahaha”.
Surprisingly some fans took offence. He encored with:
“The only way to get out safely is to wear an England jersey and paint your face (with) the St George’s flag”.
Apparently some people don’t get your sense of humour Carlton!
6) RIO FERDINAND – Man Utd FC & England
Certainly the most prolific footballer when it comes to tweeting, Rio’s normally positive chirps turned sour after a late and controversial victory against rivals Liverpool:
“U Spurs fans weren’t piping up when u were at Fulham and Tom Huddlestone got into the lino n ref about his goal when it couda been offside.”
Rio is certainly keen, the defender was on Twitter just 30 minutes after the final whistle.
7) RYAN BABEL – Liverpool FC & Holland
They say “you live and you learn.” Babel ignored this wisdom. After criticising former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez online in January 2010, just one-year later the Dutch forward posted a link on his Twitter account to a mocked-up picture of referee Howard Webb in a Man Utd shirt after his side lost 1-0 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup. He was subsequently charged £15,000 by the FA. He then joked about spending a spell in “Twitter Jail”.
8) Darren Bent – Aston Villa & England
The Tweet that started the current phenomenon came from a series by Bent whilst still an unhappy Tottenham squad member in 2009:
“Do I wanna go Hull City, NO. Do I wanna go Stoke, NO. Do I wanna go Sunderland YES so stop fucking around Levy!”
Tottenham’s chairman Daniel Levy listened. Not a great example for a professional footballer to set to the younger generation but it did wonders to engineer his ideal move.
9) David Bentley’s Wife – Tottenham & England
When your wife is fighting your battles, you know you have problems. It’s unclear whether pretty boy Bentley gave permission for WAG Kimberley’s rant but it was clear the direction of the venom was the not-so-pretty Tottenham boss, Harry Redknapp:
“What’s happening? Fuck all and it’s starting to wind me up!! Sort it out Harry for fuck sake.”
What a charming young lady you have there David.
10) Kaka’s Wife – Real Madrid & Brazil
Even one of the world’s greatest footballers can’t trust his wife with her wandering tweeting hands. David Bentley take note, Brazilian superstar Kaka promised to shut his Twitter account after his wife, Carolina Celico, allegedly used it to criticise Madrid’s coach Manuel Pellegrini for giving her man reduced playing time:
“A cowardly coach always substitutes a player to try to divert attention from his own powerlessness.” </p