by Mike Masnick
Mon, Jan 25th 2010 11:37pm
ethorad alerts us to the news that the UK football/soccer club Manchester United put out a statement insisting that none of its players use any social network accounts. The club apparently says that it's just stating a fact -- to stop people from thinking they're communicating with real players when they're actually talking to impostors -- rather than forcing the players off of social networks. However, the BBC notes that there were three ManU players who were believed to have real Twitter accounts, and all have suddenly disappeared -- which suggests the real issue is that ManU banned players from using social networks to connect with fans. If that's true, it seems incredibly short-sighted. Yes, players need to be careful when communicating publicly, but blocking them off entirely doesn't help make fans any more loyal.
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