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Did Manchester United Ban Players From Using Social Networks... Or Alert People To Fake Accounts?

from the and-does-either-make-sense dept

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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    Sam, 26 Jan 2010 @ 7:10am

    You obviously are not a red devils supporter then.

    Anyone who wants to know what any of the marquee players at Man Yoo are up to can just read the tabloids honestly. Supporters of Manchester United are generally more interested in the performance of the club than being a 'friend' of any of the players on a purely superficial level.

    Just ask any of the 12 year old kids walking around Old Trafford on a game day with their six packs of beer if they care what "party Dimitar" had for breakfast.

    Red Devils supporters (in manchester anyway) are predominantly club over country types. Meaning they care more about their club winning trophies than England winning the world cup. I'd say their loyalty isn't going anywhere.

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