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SBD Global/October 10, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

FA Will Consider Twitter Restrictions In Wake Of Ashley Cole Row

The FA announced that it will "look at integrating Twitter guidelines into its code of conduct after the furore caused by" Chelsea defender Ashley Cole's "infamous four-letter tweet," according to Doug Gratton of the LONDON TIMES. Cole, who was angered after it was suggested last week that his evidence in support of Chelsea's John Terry had "evolved." His response "landed himself in hot water when he responded by describing the governing body as "#bunchoftwats." The FA has charged Cole with misconduct even though he "has since apologised." The incident has been a "reminder of potential pitfalls of Twitter." FA General Secretary Alex Horne said that "plans were in place to clarify the situation for England players." Horne: "The issues of social media are multiple, very personal. You take personal responsibility for what you put out. Tweeting is effectively like me talking to you and millions of people, and they need to understand that, and I think they do" (LONDON TIMES, 10/9).
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