Arsene Wenger, the manager of Arsenal, has said that it is up to footballers to be more responsible with what they put on social media news feeds.
The Premier League boss was speaking after several high-profile gaffes by players, including a post on Instagram by Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, which is currently under investigation by the Football Association (FA) for possibly racist and anti-Semitic remarks.
After concern was raised about Balotelli’s post, it was promptly deleted and the player has since offered an apology through Twitter. A spokesperson for Liverpool has also explained that the team will speak to the striker about the incident.
Wenger added that it would be impossible to control what footballers post to social media accounts “24 hours a day”, commenting that all team staff and managers can do is try to warn the players about potential pitfalls and misbehaviour.
The Arsenal manager said that footballers would have to become responsible for their actions and be educated, in order to help “control” what they say to followers on their news feeds. He added that one of the dangers of social media is its speed, as users may not always realise the consequences of what they post in the spur of the moment.
This is the reason why many firms choose to use professional news writing services to handle social media accounts. However, some fans of the sport may prefer to see major players producing their own content, as a way of feeling closer to their heroes.