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Kevin Davies quit Twitter after abuse gave him sleepless nights

Bolton talisman Davies quit Twitter after abuse gave him sleepless nights

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UPDATED:

10:57 GMT, 14 November 2012

Kevin Davies has revealed Twitter abuse stopped him sleeping at night.

The Bolton striker – who hardly uses Twitter anymore – believes the social networking site is an unnecessary distraction that can play on the mind of young footballers.

'If it was me, I would advise not to go on it. I enjoyed my time on it because it gave you the opportunity to have conversations with fans and people and charities – that was fantastic.

Abuse: Kevin Davies (right) was forced to quit Twitter

Abuse: Kevin Davies (right) was forced to quit Twitter

'But when it gets to the point where you get abuse and stuff I think it can play on your mind, it can affect you.

'If you’re not sleeping at night wondering what you’re going to be waking up to, I don’t think you really gain anything out of being on there.'

Davies, who made his 600th career appearance in Wanderers’ 2-2 draw at Blackpool on Saturday, was an active participant on the social media site until May 2011.

The 34-year-old took exception to abusive messages aimed at himself and wife Emma and although he still uses his Twitter page, it is predominantly to retweet information on charitable causes.

Marvin Sordell was the subject of vile slurs on the site after claiming he was racially abused while warming up as a substitute during Bolton’s defeat against Millwall last month.

Abuse: Marvin Sordell was subjected to slurs on Twitter

Abuse: Marvin Sordell was subjected to slurs on Twitter

An offensive banner about the England Under-21 forward unfurled at the New Den last weekend in the wake of a 13-year-old fan being banned over the Sordell incident stands as the latest fall-out.]

On the barbs thrown his team-mate’s way, Davies said: 'I’ve heard a few things. I don’t really go on Twitter anymore so I can’t really comment. Not that Davies thinks Twitter is without its merits, having enjoyed the opportunity for fan interaction that the modern game often denies.

'When I was on there I had some great conversations with people,' he said.

'Sometimes after games you can’t sleep and you’re having random conversations with a fan – that side, I absolutely loved it.

'People say it’s only ‘the one per cent’ but one per cent of 180,000 people following me, that’s still a lot of stick to be getting.

'If you get family and things brought into it like that I just don’t think you need that in your life.'

Still going strong: Davies remained with Bolton despite their relegation

Still going strong: Davies remained with Bolton despite their relegation

In the wake of Bolton’s 5-0 FA Cup semi-final thrashing against Stoke in April 2011, seasoned-pro Davies found the slings and arrows difficult to deal with – making him ponder the detrimental effect of Twitter on younger players like Sordell.

He added: 'After semi-finals and stuff I was hurting and everyone else was, and it just comes to a point where you’re constantly checking, wondering if you’re getting stick.

'Why do you need that Just concentrate on your football. What you are gaining out of it as a 21 or 22-year I old, I don’t know.

'I came off it and I felt a big weight off my shoulders because you’re constantly having to wonder what you’re tweeting or having to justify yourself.'

Theo Walcott Movember fundraiser

Another close shave for Theo! After scraping past QPR and Reading, Walcott has joined the Movember cause

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UPDATED:

16:15 GMT, 1 November 2012

Arsenal have been involved in a few close shaves recently, but none as close as this.

Theo Walcott is finally taking the plunge and joining another club… in support of male cancer charities.

His future at the Emirates remains uncertain, so much so Arsene Wenger has admitted he may have to sell in January.

Close shave: Walcott prepares for the Movember challenge

Close shave: Walcott prepares for the Movember challenge

Discussions will continue over a new contract but for the next four weeks Walcott has vowed he won't be shaving his face.

The Movember movement has really gained mo-mentum in recent years and with a number of celebs on board the sums raised can be described as fantashtic!

Theo must adhere to some stringent rules, however.

A different kind of close shave: Walcott was integral in Arsenal's stirring comeback at Reading

A different kind of close shave: Walcott was integral in Arsenal's stirring comeback at Reading

The moustache must begin the 1st of November with a clean shaven face. The moustache cannot join the sideburns – as that considered a beard.

And you are not allowed to join the moustache to your chin – as that's considered a goatee.

Feel free to support Theo by going to his Movember page.

Back him! You can donate money to support Walcott's Movember challenge for male cancer charities

Back him! You can donate money to support Walcott's Movember challenge for male cancer charities

United fans the most generous in the country… no, this isn"t a joke

United fans are the most generous in the Premier League… and no, that's not a joke!

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UPDATED:

11:17 GMT, 18 August 2012

Manchester United fans don't always receive a positive press, but they certainly will do here after topping a 'League of Giving' for football supporters.

United fans have been revealed to be the most generous in the Premier League, giving an average 30.03 to charity a month.

Fan-tastic: United supporters celebrate the club's 19th league title last year

Fan-tastic: United supporters celebrate the club's 19th league title last year

Overall, fans gave an average of 15 a month, according to a survey of more than 1,000 supporters conducted by the Charities Aid Foundation.

Richard Harrison, CAF director of research, said: 'The fact that
football fans give 15 a month to good causes is excellent news for
charity.

'While all the pre-season talk has been about huge transfer fees and
mammoth wages, it's great to know that fans care about good causes as
well as the action on the pitch.'

The league of giving…

1 Manchester United 30.03
2 Manchester City 27.78
3 Tottenham 22.77
4 Newcastle 20.99
5 Southampton 16.86
6 Aston Villa 16.76
7 Liverpool 16.07
8 Fulham 15.83
9 Chelsea 15.51
10 West Brom 14.17

11 Norwich 13.98
12 Sunderland 12.66
13 Wigan 12.58
14 Reading 10.55
15 West Ham 10.49
16 Queens Park Rangers 10.48
17 Everton 9.62
18 Arsenal 9.45
19 Swansea 8.96
20 Stoke 6.53

* Market research firms Research Now and Lake questioned 1,067 football supporters between July 31 and August 12

Aston Villa trio in club brawl

EXCLUSIVE: Villa trio in club brawl just days before relegation showdown

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UPDATED:

23:38 GMT, 3 May 2012

Aston Villa have disciplined three of their players after they were involved in a nightclub fracas just days before their most important game of the season.

The club led an inquiry into events during the early hours of Tuesday morning in which defender James Collins, 28, and midfielders Fabian Delph, 22, and Chris Herd, 23, were caught up in unsavoury scenes.

Drama: Collins (right) was involved in a stand-off with members of the club's staff

Drama: Collins (right) was involved in a stand-off with members of the club's staff

The incident heaped more embarrassment on the relegation-threatened club ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash against Tottenham at Villa Park on Sunday.

Several players visited Gatecrasher club after a presentation evening at Villa Park.

Thrown out: Delph claimed he was 'sober' and 'in control'

Thrown out: Delph claimed he was 'sober' and 'in control'

The night ended in chaos, with Herd and Delph thrown out while Collins was involved in a stand-off with members of the club's staff.

Chief executive Paul Faulkner was livid at the players' conduct and contacted them yesterday to remind them of their responsibilities.

Not acceptable: Herd apologised for his involvement

Not acceptable: Herd apologised for his involvement

A Villa statement released last night said: 'The club dealt with this matter internally and the players have been disciplined, with the fines being split between two charities the club are promoting at the game against Spurs.'

All three players apologised, with Collins saying: 'I'm sorry for what has happened and I take responsibility for my actions.'

Delph claimed: 'I won't be fit again until pre-season and I thought that going out would not carry any consequences. I was sober and in control of my actions and I did try to calm down the situation.'

Herd added: 'It was nobody's intention to get involved in any trouble but I realise that my actions on the night were not acceptable.'

Negative publicity regarding players is the last thing under-fire manager Alex McLeish needs before the game, during which Villa supporters are expected to protest loudly against his struggling regime.

Stiliyan Petrov: Aston Villa and Celtic agree pre-season friendlies

Villa and Celtic agree pre-season friendlies in aid of Petrov charities

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UPDATED:

21:50 GMT, 24 April 2012

Aston Villa have organised two matches against Celtic in aid of Stiliyan Petrov.

The Bulgarian international's two British clubs will face one another as part of their pre-season preparations ahead of their next two campaigns.

The games will be played at Villa Park and Celtic Park, preceded by matches involving former players from both clubs.

'True captain': Petrov

'True captain': Petrov

It is expected that the money raised after administrative expenses will go towards Leukaemia research.

Petrov also organised for Villa's first-team to contribute to a benevolent fund for the club's former players – despite just having heard the diagnosis about his illness.

A source said: 'It was the action of a true captain.'

Popular: Players and fans from many clubs - including Bolton - have shown their support for the cause

Popular: Players and fans from many clubs – including Bolton – have shown their support for the cause