Fergie reminds players over Twitter
Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his players to be careful when posting comments on Twitter
Sir Alex Ferguson has once again reminded Manchester United's players to beware how they use Twitter.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was fined £45,000 by an Independent Regulatory Commission on Friday after an improper conduct charge tabled against him following a posting on the popular social media site was proven.
Ferguson has stated on more than one occasion his complete bewilderment at the Twitter phenomenon and he wants to avoid such problems in the future. He said: "Twitter; I do not understand it. I don't know why anybody can be bothered with it. But it is there and as a club we have given instructions to the players that they cannot talk about Manchester United."
In responding to a comment from one of his followers that Ashley Cole was a 'choc-ice' and admitting that he believed the term to be derogatory towards someone of black or mixed race, Ferdinand was found to have breached FA Rule E3.
It is the latest - and one of the most high-profile and contentious disciplinary cases involving Twitter.
And Ferguson added: "Rio is mature but he still has to remember that one word can make a difference - and you can't take it back."
Ferguson was speaking at the unveiling of new signing Robin van Persie, who has in excess of 2.1million followers, and said he felt the FA, following a recent warning by chairman David Bernstein, were out to make their mark.
"It was almost certain to happen," he said. "They (the FA) want to close the door on this kind of thing.
"What surprised me that other players have been twittering for ages and have never been challenged by the FA.
"His status in the game has caused that and who he plays for is maybe another issue."
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I do agree that Ferguson should advise his players about putting racist remarks on Twitter!!!! But at the Same time does Rio Ferdinand not have any respect for his Parents, with his remarks. I just think he is bitter and twisted for some reason, best known only to himself.
Get a Life Rio, and just do what you are paid astronomical sums of money to do!!! PLAY GOOD FOOTBALL, AND KEEP YOU GOB SHUT!!!!
Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin would favour a loan move to Arsenal over Liverpool, according to reports in Spain.......thats a no brainer........ lmfao
Thats a bit harsh Bob Donovan, infact its downright malicious, wassup widya being so bitter n twisted, has your team never won owt, have you never had a girlfriend, penis envy,skint or just plain spiteful?
If these players spent more of there time working on their technical skills rather than being morons on twitter and face book we may have a better national team .
freedom of speech is dead in the uk because of the race card being used and abused for years and cowardly self-serving left wingers making stupid rules. liebour have destroyed this country. rio said a joke as all races have, i do not care if someone calls me a white """" and i have friends of all races,we all make light hearted jokes,he should never have been fined.pathetic .
Well theres a northern alternative following man united its called T.W.A.T.T.E.R.....ITS an inside look around uniteds old peoples home........you can see ryan giggs being given his ovalteen....ferdinand avoiding his alziemers drugs test ....scholes wheelchair racing evra and vidic on his stennalift.its brilliant
Now have any MP's Like our MR Borris or Mr Cameron ever asked for people to stop calling them Toffs?? Doubt it but why can we call what we think ( think!!) are posh and toffs anymore than guys like Mr Ferdinand call someone a Choc Ice Its a phrase ffs!. It's like a ;ot of new language introduced within the txt world. Get it real!!
typical of double standards from this english hating piece of sh1t, he needs to retire now and take half his ageing team with him
i hate the bast.rd