Saturday 24 February 2018

Police force tweets score with soccer fans

Matthew Cooper

A POLICE force which used its Twitter feed to chronicle England's Euro 2012 defeat by Italy has been praised for its "brilliant coverage" of the match.

Staffordshire Police deployed their official account on the social networking site to deliver anti-crime messages, while also keeping fans up to date with the action in Kiev.

Although the force's unusual tactics received a critical response from some of its 11,905 followers, the majority seemed to welcome its off-the-wall views on players' hairstyles and the game itself.

Among the official tweets was "Great tackle by Terry, we'll be tackling repeat offenders" and "Action at both ends, may be penalties - don't get a penalty from us for being drunk and disorderly!"

Other comments issued on behalf of the force included "Balotelli should be in the Olympics - Italian diving team" and "Brave attempt by Rooney nearly needed new hair do again!"

Other more serious messages urged Twitter users not to drink and drive and pointed out that half of all violent offences are alcohol-related.

Although a minority of members of the public condemned the football-related tweets as cringeworthy, some said they had enjoyed the comments more than the match.

One follower wrote "loving the comments about the footy makes it more fun" while another observed "@StaffsPolice tweets are the best thing about this match at the moment".

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