Friday 15 December 2017

Capello bans Facebook, Twitter and all columns

Fabio Capello has banned players from using social networking sites Photo: Getty Images
Fabio Capello has banned players from using social networking sites Photo: Getty Images

Jason Burt

Fabio Capello is to ban England players from using Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites.

The England manager will also prevent anyone selected for this summer's World Cup finals writing a newspaper or magazine column.

Capello does not want any distractions as he prepares his squad for the tournament in South Africa, and is already working out clear instructions for how he expects the squad to behave. He is understood to believe that social networking sites can cause leaks of information.

It is claimed that the likes of Steven Gerrard, Joe Cole and Peter Crouch have Facebook accounts -- although it is hard to verify whether they are genuine -- while Darren Bent has been a high-profile 'tweeter'.

The striker caused controversy last summer when he used his Twitter site to criticise Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy after his proposed move to Sunderland dragged on.

More recently, Liverpool's Ryan Babel was in trouble with manager Rafael Benitez after revealing he had been left out of the squad via Twitter.

Rio Ferdinand has had a link-up with Bebo, doing interviews for the site with musicians, but last week Manchester United became the first Premier League club to post a message explaining that none of their players belonged to online social network sites.

Meanwhile, another day in the apparent meltdown of Portsmouth began yesterday morning with the club website going offline because the bills had not been settled.

It ended with the manager and chief executive in the dark over the likely sale of the club's most valuable player. Today? Probably a delay in the payment of players' wages for the third time in four months.

Peter Storrie, the chief executive, is understood to be "very unhappy" about negotiations carried out behind his back for the transfer of Younes Kaboul to Tottenham -- as are manager Avram Grant and Mark Jacob, the executive director.

The talks were handled instead by Daniel Azougy, the Israeli lawyer employed by the club's owners to look after Portsmouth's finances, despite his convictions for fraud and obstruction of justice in Israel.

Meanwhile, Adrian Mutu faces a lengthy ban after failing a drugs test for the second time in his career.

The 31-year-old Fiorentina striker, who was sacked by Chelsea for using cocaine six years ago, was tested after scoring against Bari in on January10 and Italy's anti-doping authority yesterday announced that traces of sibutramine, an appetite suppressor, had been discovered.

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