Lou Macari: Twitter is the scourge of modern game
I'M sick of footballers making tweets of themselves on the social networking site Twitter.
Why can't we get back to the days when journalists spoke to players and published what they said? Are they so untouchable these days?
Ashley Cole is the latest to be punished by the FA, this time for comments made via Twitter on the John Terry/Anton Ferdinand racism case.
It seems players are almost full-time on Twitter these days.
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In fact, I've been on Twitter myself recently... although I wasn't using 140 characters to express my views on a subject.
No, when commentating on a match I had the temerity to say a particular player hadn't justified his transfer fee.
Guess what? Within half-an-hour of the final whistle, said player is on Twitter having a pop at me for the "crime" of expressing my point of view.
I never thought my opinions would cause such a reaction. If I had, I'd have happily met the individual to explain why I said what I did ... face to face.
In relation to Cole, I've heard old pros say the punishment shouldn't be £500,000 fines, but ban them for a certain number of games either at club or international level.
Would that hurt them and make them think about their actions? Would it heck.
The only way this can be stopped is for Twitter to be banned.
PFA chairman Clark Carlisle has also had his say on the matter, arguing that Terry's four-match ban isn't enough.
Whenever an incident like this happens, we never let the situation settle because someone is always chipping in with their thoughts to drag it back up again.
For example, every time Stoke play Arsenal the Ryan Shawcross tackle which broke Aaran Ramsey's leg is dragged up.
It wasn't a bad tackle in the first place, so why after all these seasons is the matter still being raised?
Is it too much to ask that we turn our attention to the actual games these days?