Liverpool Chief Exec Admits Players On Social Media Are A Problem After Mario Balotelli Controversy

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The Italian has caused controversy with his posts on social media…

Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has admitted that players’ use of social media sites is a problem, reports the Daily Mail.

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However, he also claims that the club can do no more than it currently is to stop the problem. The Merseyside club recently had a problem with striker Mario Balotelli posting inappropriate content on Instagram.

“Given the choice we’d love to keep all our players away from social media because it really is a problem,” Ayre said.

“I can honestly say there isn’t any more we could do as a club to try to educate our players around this, but it still rears its head at least once a season – probably at every club in some form or another.”

“One of the problems that all footballers have had for many a year is that they have too much time to kill. In that downtime they seem to put these crazy sort of messages up. It is definitely an issue,” the 51-year-old continued. 

“I don’t think we have got to the point where we would stop people doing it, but we certainly have a very stringent policy that all of our players sign. If they step out of line then we punish them.”

This is just another in a long string of situations where footballers have got in to trouble for what they have put up online. Just a couple of months ago former England captain Rio Ferdinand was banned for three games after offending people on Twitter with a rude reply to another’s tweet.

The controversy surrounding the summer signing also hasn’t been helped by the fact that he has been one of the many players in poor form for Brendan Rodgers’ side this campaign.

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