The England and Spain squads at the Football World Cup have both been hit with bans concerning social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook. England’s players have been banned from using Twitter to avoid any further incidents such as Darren Bent’s Twitter mistakes last year when he attacked Daniel Levy, the chairman of Tottenham, over his move to Sunderland.
England’s players will only be able to share their thoughts about the World Cup with online fans via the official England website.
The Spain manager, Vicente del Bosque, has also banned his players from using social networking websites to ensure that the players are fully focused on the task at hand, and don’t fall foul of any online mistakes that could be highlighted through social networking and SEO. Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, and Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas are among the Spanish players who will be without Facebook for the next month or so.
Social networking websites have also caused trouble for other players on the world stage, including Real Madrid’s Kaka, who is the star of the Brazil squad. Kaka revealed recently that he was banning his wife from using Twitter after she attacked Manuel Pellegrini, the coach of Real Madrid, because he wasn’t playing Kaka enough.