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SBD Global/July 25, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

EPL Offers Social Networking Guidelines To Players

The Premier League has "drawn up guidelines" for players about how to use social media, according to the BBC. The guidelines "offer advice" on the endorsement of brands, goods and services and also "warn players not to reveal confidential information about team matters." EPL CEO Richard Scudamore said, "Social media is doing a good job of allowing fans to feel closer to the players. Clearly it isn't the same as texting your best mate or talking to someone" (BBC, 7/24). Meanwhile, the PA reported that Arsenal FC player Emmanuel Frimpong "has been charged with improper conduct" by the Football Association relating to comments he made on Twitter. Frimpong, who recently suffered a knee injury, posted a message on his official Twitter account which read "if you going church today Pray For me Giving today A Miss." Frimpong retweeted a response from one Tottenham fan which read: "I prayed you break your arms and legs", to which Frimpong replied "Scum Yid." It "sparked a mass debate on the social network site among supporters from both Arsenal and Tottenham" (PA, 7/24).
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