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Ryan Knapp said on March 21st, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Russell – What sort of standards does the EPL have in place? I haven’t heard of that before and now you’ve definitely sparked my interest.

Russell Scibetti said on March 21st, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I found this from http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/sports/soccer/english-soccer-bosses-issue-twitter-warning-to-epl-players-25-ncx-20110215

The statement issued by the English Football Association (FA) made it clear that any comments from players on Twitter or other social networking sites will be regarded as “public comment.”

“Any comments which are deemed improper, bring the game into disrepute, or are threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting may lead to disciplinary action,” the statement said, clarifying that “comments which are personal in nature or could be construed as offensive, use foul language or contain direct or indirect threats aimed at other participants are likely to be considered improper.”

Players were also warned that postings only visible to a limited number of selected people may still end up in the public domain.

“Consequently, care should be exercised with regards to the contents of such postings,” the statement added. “In addition, we would remind participants that social networking postings could also lead to civil proceedings being brought by affected parties.”

Chelbea said on March 21st, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I’m from Europe and i can tell you that EPL players can use Twitter.
Manchester United Captain Rio Ferdinand do it
Nani from the same team

Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has been fined $16,000 by England’s Football Association over a series of Twitter postings that criticized a Premier League referee.
And so on ..

Sean Walsh said on March 22nd, 2011 at 6:30 am

Hi Russel,

Thanks for sharing the videos, the integrated TV one in particular was very interesting.

In regards to the EPL rules, just to clarify, players are allowed their own accounts and in fact multiple high profile players do such as @rioferdy5 and @jack_wilshere. Arsenal FC in particular has a huge amount of staff and players on Twitter. Other clubs have none – either because it’s banned or they don’t yet see the value in it. Some as you suggest are run by player management, but for the most part – it seems that the players themselves tweet.

Russell Scibetti said on March 22nd, 2011 at 6:32 am

I think I might have been too vague in my statements. I know that many of the players have accounts on Facebook and Twitter, but are they actually updated by the players themselves? Based on what I was hearing at the conference, these updates are coming almost exclusively from player management, minimizing the personal nature of the interaction with fans.

Sean Walsh said on March 22nd, 2011 at 6:38 am

I think in some cases we see accounts ran by both player and an account manager, but the most popular football tweeters are most definitely those that tweet themselves – particularly as the likes of Ryan Babel, Jack Wilshere, Darren Bent, have all got into trouble for tweeting controversial things in the past.

I think for Facebook it’s a different kettle of fish. The Facebook fan page platform is more difficult to update and requires a bit more technical knowledge. Most players seem to tweet from their phones or blackberrys, so a lack of decent Facebook page management in the Facebook mobile app is perhaps restricting them. So, they leave that to their PR staff.


Chelbea said on March 22nd, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Today on TheUkSportsNetwork.com ” The 10 Sports Stars to Follow on Twitter ( UK )”

quote from this article
[b]Rio Ferdinand[/b]
Oddly for the captain of a club that’s so cagey around the press Rio’s feed is lucid and forthright. [b]Laudable, particularly as it’s not the intern at his PR agency writing the tweets for him.[/b] Does, however suffer from over-reliance on the ugly portmanteau “Tweeps”.
Sample Tweet: “Michael Jackson statue outside fulham FC? I’m a huge Jacko fan but why?! Surely there’s a long list of players who deserve a statue b4 Jacko”


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