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Blogs can negatively impact professional players

I see that another professional footballer has landed himself in some trouble over comments made on social media.

West Brom’s Peter Odemwingie was disciplined by his club this week over comments he made about the club on Twitter, a situation that will certainly not help the player’s relationship with the fans following his much publicised trip to Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day in the hopes of securing a move to the London club.

Odemwingie has served the club well in the last couple of seasons as their main striker but now you wonder if there is a future for him there beyond this season. To me it is not being sensible, you’ve got to be careful what you say because you can’t hide things on those blogs. People, including reporters, find it anytime they want and then it becomes a bid deal.

Players have to understand that the media can get hold of those comments so you have to be careful what you say. That’s where common sense comes into play. Players like England internationals Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney have made remarks in blogs that have become good material for newspapers, including Cole’s comments about the FA over the John Terry racism case that landed him in hot water. He quickly apologised and removed the tweet but the damage was already done.

I think what they have to do is concentrate on football and not make silly comments that are going to get you into trouble. You are there to play and should concentrate on doing that to the best of your ability. When you tweet or make comments on Facebook you are leaving yourself open to all sorts of negative stuff. When you make comments, fans now have the opportunity to attack you.

A lot of players seem to forget that they are out there to entertain the people by what they do on the pitch, not to be sports journalists or columnists. Some players just can’t seem to control themselves, which is a worry to their managers. It tells me their mentality is not strong, like a person who steals and goes to the same place to steal. It’s also like the player who scores a goal and then takes off his shirt to celebrate, knowing that a yellow card is the penalty the referee must impose. it’s crazy and clubs have to put a stamp on that.

When I played in Holland we had to have our socks up and shirts inside our shorts. They probably need to go back to that because if you let players get away with it they will take advantage of it and then you have a bigger problem.

When I played, lots of times the club would urge you to stay away from the media and so you had to use common sense and be careful what you say to the media. For journalists it is their job and they are trying to get the best story possible, so you have to be aware of your surroundings and what you say to the press. It’s like when a player goes on a night out to a club two days before a big game and can’t understand why his picture is in the papers the next day.

It is inevitable, especially when you are in that arena. There are people out there with their cameras looking for the opportunity. You have to be protective of yourself and your family because you are going to show people up, including your club who is paying your wage. They do it to themselves and if they talk stupid on social media then they are only creating pressure for themselves.

We had the first leg matches in the Champions League quarter-final this week and from those matches I’m sticking my neck out and saying that the two German teams, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid and Barcelona of Spain will get through to the semi-finals after this week’s second leg matches. Bayern will take a 2-0 lead to Juventus while Dortmund got a 0-0 draw away to Malaga; Barcelona drew 2-2 away to PSG and Real Madrid won 3-0 at home to Galatasaray.

It will be an interesting week of football with United and City meeting in the Manchester final on Monday night, though, though Manchester United had the league won about a month ago as far as I’m concerned. They might get beaten on Monday but the league is already won with a 15-point gap.

United won’t win the double now, after Monday’s loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final replay, but that’s football. I think City or Chelsea, who meet in the semi-final at Wembley, will win it now and it will be an interesting game between them. City will need to win it, considering the season they had last year. Otherwise it will be a flop in a sense and the manager Roberto Mancini could be under big pressure.

As I said last week, it is all about results, as Martin O’Neil, the Sunderland manager, found out this week.

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Published April 06, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 05, 2013 at 2:52 pm)

Blogs can negatively impact professional players

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