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Twitter has become one of the biggest social networking sites in recent years. What has this got to do with football? Many famous footballers are using Twitter as a way of communicating with their fans and tweeting about their daily lives. Twitter is a place for people to have fun and get to know each other.

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is on twitter with thousands of fans and only the other day tweeted about his relationship with Denilson stating that everything was well in the camp.

Abt what Deni said. I’ve been in his situation before, just a misunderstending. Now lets win tonite!

This was tweeted on 19th January before the Leeds United thrid round FA cup replay after comments regarding Fabregas’ leadership qualities were said by Denilson. Robin Van Persie, Samir Nasri and Jack Wilshere are some of the other Gunners’ players on the site; Jack has even gone as far as tweeting an apology to fans after the team has suffered defeats. He has also tweeted about teams that he is not fond of when they are playing but not maliciously….should this be misconstrued and splashed all over the tabloids? Should this lead to Jack being penalized?

Babel tweeted about Howard Webb and posted a picture of him in a Manchester United kit standing next to Alex Ferguson…..but let’s face it everyone who watches football knows that referees tend to favour the Red Devils when it comes to decisions going their way. Manchester United are the first to get penalties when they aren’t supposed to be given, get away with awful challenges and when they are at a disadvantage in a game they get the maximum amount of time allowed for stoppage time. Babel was fined £10,000 for his tweets.

Should footballers be punished for what they say on twitter? Aren’t footballers allowed freedom of speech?

Yes they are famous celebrities and represent their teams; however they are also human beings and should be entitled to go on social networking web sites like normal people. Is it any wonder that footballers think so highly of themselves when they are treated so differently? They expect to be paid more money in a week than most of us are paid in a year and earn more in a year than most of us do in a lifetime. If they don’t get their extortionate wages they throw a wobbly for example Adebayor when he was at Arsenal and Wayne Rooney only a few months ago.

Man United’s Rio Ferdinand, Sunderland’s Darren Bent, Chelsea’s Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka. Liverpool’s Glen Johnson,andNathan Eccleston are all on twitter but this is only a short list. There are more footballers joining the social network every day, soon there will be too many players to keep up with. How are officials going to cope if all the players in the Premier League sign up and start tweeting?

Should twitter and football be kept apart or should people get over it instead of blowing it out of proportion?

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