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Appleton warns Rovers players about twitter

BLACKBURN Rovers players have been warned about the dangers of tweeting – with the club ready to fine them for misuse of the social networking tool.

Several of Michael Appleton’s squad are on twitter, including Colin Kazim-Richards, Bradley Orr, David Goodwillie, DJ Campbell and Adam Henley, but all have been told their tweeting will be monitored.

Rovers players have been told they face a sizeable fine, understood to be in the region of £1,000, for any “derogatory tweets” about the club or comments about Rovers that could be misconstrued.

In a fortnight that has seen West Brom’s Peter Odemwingie land himself in trouble for a series of tweets about the Baggies, Appleton has confirmed he has strict guidelines for the players to follow.

He said: “I have had a rule like that at every club I have been at.

“It is not about people using twitter, but if it is a derogatory mark towards the football club or about the football club they will be fined.

“If they want to talk about what they have had for breakfast then I haven’t got a problem with that but if they say something derogatory about the club then I might have a problem with it.

“I have used it at every club I have been at so it isn’t new to me.”

Appleton acknowledges that the social networking site can cause unecessary problems for players but believes his squad is smart enough to understand the situation.

“Of course twitter can be a problem,” the Rovers boss added. “Sometimes people say things in the heat of the moment instead of keeping it to themselves.

“They tell the world about it even though they don’t mean to and then it is out there. Comments can be made about one thing and misconstrued.

“The players know and so far so good, they have been as good as gold and they have stuck to all the discipline things.”

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11:14am Sat 9 Feb 13

Arte1875 says...

Is it me, or does Appleton actually talk a hell of a lot of sense? What a refreshing change!
Is it me, or does Appleton actually talk a hell of a lot of sense? What a refreshing change! Arte1875
  • Score: 9

11:37am Sat 9 Feb 13

dingles_do_it_with_themselves says...

sounds to me like suppressed rights to have an opinion and free speach
sounds to me like suppressed rights to have an opinion and free speach dingles_do_it_with_themselves
  • Score: -6

11:39am Sat 9 Feb 13

dingles_do_it_with_themselves says...

i did mean SPEECH...
i did mean SPEECH... dingles_do_it_with_themselves
  • Score: -4

12:04pm Sat 9 Feb 13

srvp28 says...

dingles_do_it_with_t
hemselves
wrote:
sounds to me like suppressed rights to have an opinion and free speach
If you went on Twitter to bad mouth your employers, and they found out about it, do you honestly believe that they wouldn't take some kind of disciplinary action? It's common sense not to do it but, as we all know, some people don't have as much as that as others. A lot of clubs have this rule, it makes sense in an industry which is constantly in the public eye.
[quote][p][bold]dingles_do_it_with_t hemselves[/bold] wrote: sounds to me like suppressed rights to have an opinion and free speach[/p][/quote]If you went on Twitter to bad mouth your employers, and they found out about it, do you honestly believe that they wouldn't take some kind of disciplinary action? It's common sense not to do it but, as we all know, some people don't have as much as that as others. A lot of clubs have this rule, it makes sense in an industry which is constantly in the public eye. srvp28
  • Score: 9

12:41pm Sat 9 Feb 13

jackmetickler says...

dingles_do_it_with_t
hemselves
wrote:
sounds to me like suppressed rights to have an opinion and free speach
maybe he thinks they may make illiterate fools of themselves eh!
[quote][p][bold]dingles_do_it_with_t hemselves[/bold] wrote: sounds to me like suppressed rights to have an opinion and free speach[/p][/quote]maybe he thinks they may make illiterate fools of themselves eh! jackmetickler
  • Score: 2

12:52pm Sat 9 Feb 13

hasslem hasslem says...

for more details go to #derogatory remarks
for more details go to #derogatory remarks hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 1

5:19pm Sat 9 Feb 13

French Rover says...

my tag is corned beef hash....or should that be corned horse?
my tag is corned beef hash....or should that be corned horse? French Rover
  • Score: 1

9:23pm Sat 9 Feb 13

dingles_do_it_with_themselves says...

srvp28 wrote:
dingles_do_it_with_t

hemselves
wrote:
sounds to me like suppressed rights to have an opinion and free speach
If you went on Twitter to bad mouth your employers, and they found out about it, do you honestly believe that they wouldn't take some kind of disciplinary action? It's common sense not to do it but, as we all know, some people don't have as much as that as others. A lot of clubs have this rule, it makes sense in an industry which is constantly in the public eye.
if what i was saying is the truth and not some made up c*ap then i would take my employers to the cleaners if they took disciplinary action...simples!..t
he thing we're loosing in this country is our freedom to say what we think....i would rather here something on twitter that was the truth than something that has vetted by the manager and various spin doctors...maybe that's just me!
[quote][p][bold]srvp28[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dingles_do_it_with_t hemselves[/bold] wrote: sounds to me like suppressed rights to have an opinion and free speach[/p][/quote]If you went on Twitter to bad mouth your employers, and they found out about it, do you honestly believe that they wouldn't take some kind of disciplinary action? It's common sense not to do it but, as we all know, some people don't have as much as that as others. A lot of clubs have this rule, it makes sense in an industry which is constantly in the public eye.[/p][/quote]if what i was saying is the truth and not some made up c*ap then i would take my employers to the cleaners if they took disciplinary action...simples!..t he thing we're loosing in this country is our freedom to say what we think....i would rather here something on twitter that was the truth than something that has vetted by the manager and various spin doctors...maybe that's just me! dingles_do_it_with_themselves
  • Score: -3

12:32am Sun 10 Feb 13

Angry From Accrington says...

If they make derogatory remarks about the club they should be fired, not fined. That's our job.
If they make derogatory remarks about the club they should be fired, not fined. That's our job. Angry From Accrington
  • Score: 1

1:17am Sun 10 Feb 13

kenbro says...

They are paying these players a lot of money to play for, and represent, the Rovers. If they have a complaint they should discuss that with Appleton, not put it out on Twitter. Their complaint may be invalid or incorrect and the Manager would straighten it out.
Yes, they have free speech, but such speech comes with responsiblity and consequences.
They are paying these players a lot of money to play for, and represent, the Rovers. If they have a complaint they should discuss that with Appleton, not put it out on Twitter. Their complaint may be invalid or incorrect and the Manager would straighten it out. Yes, they have free speech, but such speech comes with responsiblity and consequences. kenbro
  • Score: 3

9:24pm Sun 10 Feb 13

lancs1985 says...

Another Venkys rule nothing to do with manager
Another Venkys rule nothing to do with manager lancs1985
  • Score: 0

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