Gabbidon issues Twitter warning

QPR defender Danny Gabbidon has warned fellow players to be careful about their conduct on Twitter amidst the controversy surrounding Newcastle’s Joey Barton.

The 31-year-old defender was fined £6,000 and warned about his future conduct in May following comments posted on his Twitter account.

Gabbidon was handed an improper conduct charge by the Football Association for a foul-mouthed message in the wake of his side’s 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa.

The Wales international is not the only player to find himself in trouble for his tweets, with the likes of former team-mate Carlton Cole and ex-Liverpool attacker Ryan Babel also reprimanded by the FA.

Barton may not have fallen foul of the governing body but now looks set to leave Newcastle following a stream of comments made on the social networking website.

Gabbidon admits it is easy to get yourself in trouble on Twitter and has warned his fellow professionals to tread carefully when expressing their thoughts.

“At the minute the way things are going with the social networking websites, everybody is involved in them these days and everybody is watching them,” he said.

“You do have to be kind of careful these days and watch what you say, as I found out myself.

“It is something that managers are now having to talk to teams about and their players about, which was obviously never the case before.

“Managers having to tell careful about what they say and that is a bit strange because social networking websites were never around a few years ago.

“It is something that has come into the game, though, and it is something that younger players especially have to be a bit more wary about.

“It can be quite easy to get yourself into trouble on there but it is just something you have to be a bit careful with.

“As I say, managers are now getting on top of that and making sure that players are not saying things untoward.”

While Gabbidon says he is unlikely to return to the social network, the QPR defender admits the subject has been raised by boss Neil Warnock.

Some club’s managers clubs have banned their players from using Twitter and the Rs boss has warned his squad to be contentious.

“I don’t think I will be going back on there,” added Gabbidon. “I think I am probably best to leave that alone and leave it to the youngsters.

“[Warnock] did make a little mention of it when we were away, I think it might have been when we were in Italy.

“He was just kind of saying be careful what you are saying because people are always watching it.

“Players do forget sometimes as they want to express their feelings and that is an easy way to do it, but you do have to be a bit careful with that kind of stuff.”


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