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Wilfried Zaha will have FA hearing after he and Ian Holloway admit charges

Zaha set for FA showdown while Holloway hit with 2k fine after both admit charges

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

17:40 GMT, 15 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:43 GMT, 15 March 2013

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway and attacker Wilfried Zaha have both admitted FA charges for improper conduct.

Zaha, who is on loan from Manchester United after signing for them in January, gave Leeds fans the middle finger during their clash on March 9.

He has requested a personal hearing, while Holloway is hit with a 2,000 fine because of his misconduct towards match officials during the same game.

Response: Wilfried Zaha had a message for the Leeds fans giving him stick

Response: Wilfried Zaha had a message for the Leeds fans giving him stick

Rambunctious: Ian Holloway was not amused during Palace's clash with Leeds

Rambunctious: Ian Holloway was not amused during Palace's clash with Leeds

Zaha, who had been suffering abuse
from Leeds fans before the incident, was ticked off by Man United for
his behaviour during the 2-2 draw.

He admitted on Twitter that he should have behaved better, telling his followers 'it was very unprofessional of me'.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was
given a one-match ban, fined 20,000 and warned as to his future conduct
after a similar gesture aimed at Fulham fans back in December.

Rio Ferdinand tweets that anyone comparing Gareth Bale to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo "doesn"t know football"

Think Bale is on the same level as Ronaldo and Messi You don't know football, says Rio

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09:36 GMT, 27 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:43 GMT, 27 February 2013

Rio Ferdinand believes anyone who compares Tottenham’s Gareth Bale to Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo or Barcelona magician Lionel Messi ‘doesn’t know football’.

The Manchester United defender tweeted to his four million followers that Bale needs to keep scoring at this rate for three or four years for there even to be a debate.

He wrote: ‘People mentioning Bale in the same breath as @Cristiano + Messi really don’t know football! Bale been 1 of best 2 in PL this year but….

'Don't know football!' Rio Ferdinand has slammed those comparing Gareth Bale (below) to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, saying the last two are on a different planet

'Don't know football!' Rio Ferdinand has slammed those comparing Gareth Bale (below) to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, saying the last two are on a different planet

Best in the world Gareth Bale's spectacular strike for Spurs against West Ham on Monday led to comparisons with the greatest players in the world

Best in the world Gareth Bale's spectacular strike for Spurs against West Ham on Monday led to comparisons with the greatest players in the world

‘He is not on CR7 + Messi’s level yet…he carries on doing what he is doing for 2/3yrs then there can be a debate.

‘Bale showed me a clean pair of heals once this year so I’m in good position to judge! CR7 + Messi have been on another planet for 4-5yrs #consistent #KeepItClean’

Bale has already scored 15 goals in the Premier League this season — earning Tottenham an astonishing 15 points on his own.

Number one: Cristiano Ronaldo reminded us of his quality by scoring two goals for Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final with Barcelona last night

Number one: Cristiano Ronaldo reminded us of his quality by scoring two goals for Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final with Barcelona last night

Hot property: Lionel Messi has scored 49 goals for Barcelona already this season

Hot property: Lionel Messi has scored 49 goals for Barcelona already this season

Without him Spurs would be way off their quest for fourth place, languishing down in ninth position in the table. Statistics show manager Andre Villas-Boas has been given Bale free rein to roam the park and be selfish — he is making fewer passes and creating fewer goals than last season but scoring far more.

When Cristiano Ronaldo was Bale’s age at 23, he won the Ballon d’Or after scoring scored 31 goals for Manchester United at a rate of one goal every 89 minutes, with a shooting accuracy of 59 per cent.

So far this season Bale has scored 15 goals at a rate of one goal every 135 minutes, with a shooting accuracy of 57 per cent.

Gary Lineker deleted Twitter to spend more time with family

Twitter was taking over my life, admits Lineker after deciding to say goodbye to his 1.3m followers

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:16 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:35 GMT, 20 January 2013

Gary Lineker left Twitter because the social networking site had begun to ‘take over’.

The Match of the Day presenter had stated that he had deleted his account for ‘personal reasons’ last week.

But the former England striker has elaborated on his reasons for leaving Twitter, and said that he would like to spend more time with his family.

Quit: Gary Lineker left Twitter to spend more time with his family

Quit: Gary Lineker left Twitter to spend more time with his family

The 51-year-old told The Sun: ‘I left twitter because it tends to take over and I thought I would try life without it. There is absolutely nothing sinister about the decision at all.'

Lineker had become one of the most followed users in Britain – with 1.3million fans – since he started tweeting last year.

However the ex-Tottenham hitman was targeted by one internet troll last year, who joked about his son George’s battle with leukaemia. Lineker later said the disgusting taunts made him feel ‘physically sick’.

Lineker has four sons with his ex-wife and is now married to former model Danielle Bux, who has a daughter from a previous relationship.

The TV pundit’s final tweet – posted on Friday – said: ‘I’m leaving Twitter for personal reasons . Thanks all.’

They think it's all over... it is now for Gary Lineker with this final message

They think it's all over… it is now for Gary Lineker with this final message

Sandro injury news: Tottenham fear midfielder out for season

Spurs fear Sandro is out for the season after knee surgery

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

17:06 GMT, 16 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:43 GMT, 16 January 2013

Tottenham have confirmed that Sandro has had knee surgery and are worried the midfielder could be out for the season.

The 23-year-old Brazilian only lasted 25 minutes in the 0-0 draw at QPR on Saturday, before landing awkwardly and having to be taken off.

A club statement said: 'Sandro has undergone knee surgery following the injury that forced his substitution against QPR at the weekend.

Sandro reacts badly to the fall which has left him as a doubt for the remainder of the season

In serious pain: Sandro reacts badly to the fall which has left him as a doubt for the remainder of the season

'The midfielder's recovery schedule will be assessed over the next few days.'

Sandro had featured in all 22 of Tottenham's league games so far this season and has been instrumental in them staying in the Champions League positions.

Spurs fans will only be comforted by the fact that Scott Parker appears to be injury free and fit to take his place.

It was thought that Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone may be let out on loan, possibly to join up with former manager Harry Redknapp, but this is now unlikely to happen.

Tottenham have plenty of players to take over from Sandro in his position

Ouch! Tottenham have plenty of players to take over from Sandro in his position

Sandro took to twitter after the incident to tell his followers: 'Hi guys, I'm in some pain at the moment! On my way to the hospital for a scan now so fingers crossed it's good news…thanks for all support.'

He tweeted again today to say: 'Sorry guys, but this one really got me, the beast is hurt.

'My surgery Went well, now its moving forwards with treatment And rest!'

Teammate Gareth Bale also mentioned the midfielder, saying: 'Get well soon @sandroraniere… the beast will be back! '

Emmanuel Adebayor gives Sandro a hand leaving the pitch

Helped off: Emmanuel Adebayor gives Sandro a hand leaving the pitch

Rio Ferdinand uses Twitter rival Bubbly to rally fans ahead of Liverpool clash

Rio signs up for Twitter rival and issues a rallying cry to United fans ahead of grudge match against Liverpool

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

11:46 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:08 GMT, 10 January 2013

Rio Ferdinand has issued a rallying cry ahead of Sunday's crunch match against arch rivals Liverpool and called for fans to back Manchester United.

‘Huge game. Make sure you’re behind us,’ said the defender on new voice blog website Bubbly.

‘Yes everyone, hope you’re all well
and buzzing,’ he said. ‘Got a match again coming up at the weekend
against yes, you know who it is, Liverpool FC.

Popular: Ferdinand has more than three-and-a-half million followers on Twitter and is now on rival Bubbly, too

Popular: Ferdinand has more than three-and-a-half million followers on Twitter and is now on rival Bubbly, too

'We’ve
got to make sure we beat them. They’re a team who we’re big rivals with
– loads of history, loads of massive games and goals in the past. And
hopefully we can add some more to that and make sure we get the three
points on Sunday.

‘We’re confident. The training and the focus starts to begin for this weekend.’

Ferdinand is a prolific user of social networking sites, especially Twitter, but is expanding his interest to Bubbly.

Effectively a talking Twitter, it allows
users to record short voice messages and post them on their profile.
Ferdinand has been building his page on the site for a few days and so
far has more than 150 followers.

Get behind us: Ferdinand asked fans to back Manchester United as they face Liverpool this weekend

Get behind us: Ferdinand asked fans to back Manchester United as they face Liverpool this weekend

Admittedly that is not quite as
impressive as his near 3.8million Twitter followers but it probably
won’t be long before he sees them transfer to his Bubbly profile en
masse.

The Manchester United defender has so far left a welcome message and discussed their 2-2 FA Cup third-round clash with West Ham.

Kevin Pietersen to get tattoo to mark England"s win over India

KP is tat it again: Pietersen to get ANOTHER tattoo to mark historic India win

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UPDATED:

17:51 GMT, 19 December 2012

Inked up: Kevin Pietersen is considering adding to his body art

Inked up: Kevin Pietersen is considering adding to his body art

Kevin Pietersen is considering getting another tattoo on his right arm to mark England’s historic Test series win in India.

England won a series in India for the first time in nearly 28 years this winter despite their rocky start and Pietersen returned from his exile to be key to that success.

Pietersen is no stranger to body art, having already marked his three Ashes victories and one World Twenty20 success on his right bicep, as well as having a number of tattoos elsewhere on his body.

He tweeted to his near one million
followers: ‘Does 2012 deserve a spot on my arm Ashes 05, 09, 10/11
& World T20 on already.. Winning in India surely does guys’

Meanwhile,
Pietersen’s successful ‘reintegration’ into the England team will be
officially acknowledged with the award of his full central contract at
the end of this historic tour of India.

One of the most acrimonious episodes in modern English cricket, which began when Sportsmail
revealed that Pietersen had sent ‘provocative’ texts to South African
opponents about Andrew Strauss last summer, will come to an official end
when the four-month trial contract he was handed ahead of this trip is
extended to a full year.

Get in there! Pietersen returned to the England team after a troubled summer and had a memorable series against India

Get in there! Pietersen returned to the England team after a troubled summer and had a memorable series against India

Look at tat: Pietersen is a tattoo fan

Look at tat: Pietersen is a tattoo fan

The 32-year-old batsman has been a model
professional throughout England’s 2-1 series win, their first in India
for 28 years, vindicating the decision to add him to the squad both with
his behaviour and the superlative century in Mumbai which transformed
the series.

And Andy Flower, who was badly hurt
by the wearying saga last summer, confirmed that Pietersen has mended
all the bridges during one of the most successful tours in modern
English memory.

‘The contract won’t be a problem,’ said Flower in the aftermath of the drawn final Test in Nagpur.

‘Kevin
has been excellent in every way. We don’t all always get on with people
all of the time, any of us in any walk of life, and everyone has made
an effort to make it work. It’s been really good fun and he should be
very proud of the way he’s operated out here both as an individual and
as a player.’

Feelings ran high last summer and
there was no guarantee that a fragile peace-pact would hold in the
demanding environment of India but from the word go here it has been as
though Pietersen never uttered the words: ‘It’s not easy being me.’

Flower
added: ‘We did move on from it as soon as we had our meetings and
everyone made a commitment to do so. I want to continue that moving
forward. We want to learn from the past but we don’t want to keep on
revisiting it. He’ll have a little break over Christmas, like a lot of
the guys, and he’ll be back for the one-day series.’

Jamie O"Hara: Anger at Wolves midfilder"s tweet bemoaning stress of his 35,000 A WEEK salary

'Things were so much easier when I earned 100 a week': Anger at Wolves star O'Hara's tweet bemoaning stress of 35K A WEEK salary

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23:32 GMT, 5 December 2012

Wolves midfielder Jamie O'Hara sparked a Twitter fury on Wednesday after he wrote on the social networking site about his hard life as a professional footballer.

The former Spurs player – who is thought to be paid about 35,000 a week – posted a tweet where he appeared to bemoan his life situation, longing for 'easier' days on 100 a week.

O'Hara, 26, who is married to former Miss England Danielle Lloyd, 28, wrote: ‘Things were so much easier when I earned 100pound a week on wts #stress’.

Hard time: Jamie O'Hara, right, enraged his Twitter followers when he posted a tweet about the hard life of a footballer

Hard time: Jamie O'Hara, right, enraged his Twitter followers when he tweeted about the hard life of a footballer

Tough life: Jamie and Danielle O'Hara married in a lavish ceremony in May and she often posts tweets and pictures of their glam life together

Tough life: Jamie and Danielle O'Hara married in a lavish ceremony in May and she often posts tweets and pictures of their glam life together

The tweet referred to his days on the Youth Training Scheme, and it did not take long before his followers' angry reactions came flooding in.

And after an angry backlash from followers, he caused even more fury by hitting back with: ‘Why do people think cos I earn good money I don't have bills to pay we all pay tax an we have mortgages to pay, some people are deluded.’

Dozens of people bombarded Twitter with mocking tweets, accusing the footballer of being out of touch with the lives of ordinary people.

Christian Wainwright tweeted: 'Feel sorry for Jamie O'Hara, must be so stressful doing a few training sessions and playing 2 games a week for 1000s a week. #getagrip.'

Meanwhile Nick Daniels tweeted: ‘Must be so hard being Jamie O'Hara , great career, beautiful wife, nice family, rich, Saturdays off and still he is stressed! #prayforjamie.'

Tough life: The tweet from earlier today which caused a storm as it appeared Mr O'Hara complained about his lifestyle

Easier then: The tweet from earlier today which caused a storm as it appeared Mr O'Hara complained about his lifestyle

Tough life: The tweet from earlier today which caused a storm as it appeared Mr O'Hara complained about his lifestyle

Defence: The torrent of hateful tweets saw Mr O'Hara post further messages defending his original one

Defence: The torrent of hateful tweets saw Mr O'Hara post further messages defending his original one

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And Graeme Wallace tweeted: ‘Wish I had a hard life like professional footballer Jamie O'Hara.’

But O'Hara, who has two children
Archie, two, and Harry, one, with his wife Danielle hit back with
references to his charity work.

He tweeted: ‘I wonder how many people are
doing hospital visits this Xmas or giving clothing to the homeless this
winter, or setting up a charity to raise money for hospitals Southey
can buy equipment that save people lives, u can talk on here but what
are YOU doing.’

But his tweet further angered Twitter users who called him a spoiled millionaire.

Aaron Ingham tweeted: ‘I see Jamie O'Hara's banging on about how charitable he is….after his disgusting tweet about life being easier when he earned 100 a week.’

Later O'Hara continued his rant,
tweeting: ‘I'm not saying I'm not privileged I'm so lucky to have what
I've got but trust me when I was 17 on wts it was a lot more easier.

‘Many peeps hating about me earning good
money that show how jealous u are, instead of realising the tweet was
about how hard life gets.’

Glam WAG: Mrs O'Hara was pictured Christmas shopping in Liverpool city centre earlier today and was later seen enjoying a pampering session at Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar

Glam WAG: Mrs O'Hara was pictured Christmas shopping in Liverpool city centre earlier today and was later seen enjoying a pampering session at Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar

Mr O'Hara posted that he wished he could reveal to his followers the real reason behind the original tweet but that there were 'too many a******** on twitter' and that 'people should worry about their own lives'.

The midfielder has been injured and unable to play for his team since August but returned to full training yesterday.

In July O'Hara was involved in a Twitter spat with Leon Knight after the ex-Chelsea player called his wife a ‘raging s**t bag’.

His own words: Jamie O'Haras twitter biography where he describes himself as a hard worker who will never 'forget where I've come from'

His own words: Jamie O'Haras twitter biography where he describes himself as a hard worker who will never 'forget where I've come from'

Enraged O'Hara retaliated: ‘If at @leonknight82 has got a problem he should give me a call instead of giving the bigun on twitter to a women with two kids.

‘And follow me and I'll direct message you my number, anytime mate, your a disgrace to your name go and do something with your life.’

Wolves were contacted by MailOnline but declined to comment.

Sunderland fan accused of racist monkey gesture against Romelu Lukaku is arrested

Police arrest Sunderland fan who allegedly aimed racist 'monkey' gesture at Lukaku

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UPDATED:

13:17 GMT, 28 November 2012

Police have made an arrest 24 hours after launching an investigation into an alleged racist gesture towards West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku at the Stadium of Light.

Northumbria Police confirmed a 21-year old man was in custody after being arrested on suspicion of racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment.

He is being interviewed, pending possible charges, following an incident that cast a further shadow over football’s image in a season that has lurched from one controversy to another.

Gesture: The fan can be clearly seen making what appears to be a monkey gesture at West Brom's Romelu Lukaku as he celebrates scoring his side's third goal on Saturday

Gesture: The fan can be clearly seen making what appears to be a monkey gesture at West Brom's Romelu Lukaku as he celebrates scoring his side's third goal on Saturday

After scoring his side’s third goal,
in a 4-2 win over Sunderland on Saturday, on-loan Chelsea marksman
Lukaku was photographed celebrating against a backdrop of a fan
appearing to make a monkey gesture at him.

It caused an immediate outcry, with
Northumbria Police swiftly beginning the task of identifying the fan and
Sunderland making it clear they were ready to co-operate fully with the
authorities’ investigation.
Sunderland are understood to have been informed of the arrest and are
waiting to hear whether charges will follow before commenting.

They stressed after the incident,
however, that they employ a policy of zero tolerance towards any
instance of racist or anti-social behaviour and are ready to implement a
ban, if anyone is found guilty of abusing Lukaku.

Investigation: Police in the north-east have launched an inquiry into incident, following a complaint from another supporter

Investigation: Police in the north-east have launched an inquiry into incident, following a complaint from another supporter

It is the latest unsavoury episode to
blight English football and came on the same weekend as West Ham
followers were accused of taunting Tottenham fans with anti-Semitic
chants at White Hart Lane.

As Sunderland chiefs consider their
next step, they were urged to take stringent action by Ged Grebby, of
Show Racism the Red Card, who said: ‘This sort of gesture at football
matches was something we never thought we would see again.

'When people do these sort of things,
you have to take action against them. If anyone is found guilty, we will
be asking the club to ban them. It could be a three-year ban.’

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture (bottom left) was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture (bottom left) was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

Lewis Hamilton sticks obscene message on his McLaren helmet again

Lewis Hams it up by sticking obscene message on his McLaren helmet again

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UPDATED:

23:53 GMT, 16 November 2012

If anyone could upstage Formula One's return to the United States amid a potential championship decider with one crass act it was Lewis Hamilton in practice.

He emblazoned his helmet with the initials H.A.M. – short for hard as a m*****f*****.

Tough guy: Lewis Hamilton shows off his helmet

Tough guy: Lewis Hamilton shows off his helmet

We can deduce that was the nudge-nudge meaning because he tweeted the same initials at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa in August, advising his followers to look up the meaning if they did not know it.

It remains to be seen whether he will be told to remove the offending words ahead of qualifying on Saturday, or Sunday's race.

The timing is embarrassing because the ruling body, the FIA, warned drivers only a few days ago to moderate their language after Kimi Raikennon and Sebestain Vettel both swore in the heat of the moment on the podium in Abu Dhabi.

Lewis Hamilton of McLaren

Hamilton's McLaren team have regularly failed to exercise any form of discipline over their occasionally errant driver. They did not even fine him when he posted secret team telemetry on line, also at Belgium.

That may partly have been because they were trying to woo him into staying with them, but now he has agreed to join Mercedes next year they may take a more hard line approach.

Drivers generally gave high marks for the new $400 million track hosting the first U.S. Grand Prix since 2007.

'It's a great track to drive,' added Hamilton, who won the world championship in 2008.

'Generally, the track is cool all around. The turn one is pretty unique going uphill. It's definitely not easy. I think a lot of people are going to have some troubles this weekend.'

Luis Suarez sends "hugs" to John Terry on Twitter

'Hugs to Terry': Soppy Suarez tweets sympathy for crocked Chelsea skipper after collision leaves him in agony

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UPDATED:

10:20 GMT, 12 November 2012

Luis Suarez used social media to offer his cringeworthy condolences to John Terry after the Chelsea captain was injured after a nasty-looking collision between the two players.

The Uruguayan sent a message saying 'Hugs to Terry, I hope it's nothing serious' to a combined 3million social media audience.

He tweeted the message to almost 1.2million followers on Twitter and sent the exact same message on Facebook to 2m more fans of his page.

Need a hug Luis Suarez sent his condolences to John Terry after landing awkwardly on the Chelsea captain's knee

Need a hug Luis Suarez sent his condolences to John Terry after landing awkwardly on the Chelsea captain's knee

Agony: Terry was left writhing on the floor after the accidental collision

Agony: Terry was left writhing on the floor after the accidental collision

Consoled: Roberto Di Matteo (right) checked up on his captain as he was carried down the tunnel

Consoled: Roberto Di Matteo (right) checked up on his captain as he was carried down the tunnel

The Liverpool striker looked to have done serious damage to the Chelsea defender when he accidentally fell awkwardly on his knee during yesterday's 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

But Sportsmail revealed today that Terry is confident he will not be out for a long period and the Chelsea medical staff believe the injury looked worse than it is.

The message was retweeted more than 2,000 times on Twitter and 20,000 people 'liked' it on Facebook with more than 1,500 gushing comments from fans all over the world.

He does not appear to be shy about showing his sensitive side on social media.

In the past month he has sent two soppy messages out to his fans.

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Soppy: Suarez posted this soppy tweet to Terry, offering him 'hugs'

Soppy: Suarez posted this soppy tweet to Terry, offering him 'hugs'

Hobbling: Terry had a brace on his leg and walked with crutched before leaving Stamford Bridge

Hobbling: Terry had a brace on his leg and walked with crutched before leaving Stamford Bridge

In the mix again: Suarez later went on to equalise for Liverpool

In the mix again: Suarez later went on to equalise for Liverpool

One wished his wife Sofia a happy birthday, saying: 'Happy birthday my love!!!! Delfi and I love you so much!!!!'

And the other wished her a happy 10-year anniversary: 'Happy 10th anniversary!! 10 wonderful years together, thanks for being by my side. I love you!'

It is a different side to the 25-year-old who in a little under two years in England has been known for his nastier on-field actions.

He made a hand-gesture to Fulham fans in a defeat at Craven Cottage last season and was also banned for eight matches and fined 40,000 for being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra.

Ecstasy to agony: Terry scored Chelsea's opener before the collision

Ecstasy to agony: Terry scored Chelsea's opener before the collision

Ecstasy to agony: Terry scored Chelsea's opener (left) before the collision left him on crutches (right)

FIVE MORE CRINGEWORTHY TWEETS

Storm: Carlton Cole (right)

CARLTON COLE (@Carlton9Cole)
The West Ham striker (right) found himself wholly amusing when he began to make a series of 'jokes' about immigration during England's 1-1 friendly draw with Ghana last year.

He tweeted: 'Immigration has surrounded the Wembley premises! I knew it was trap! Hahahaha'.

Not content with that he added: 'The only way to get out safely is to wear an England jersey and paint your face w/ the St. George’s flag!'

And: 'Next friendly is gonna be Poland then Albania, government think their sly! I see it a mile away! Haha.'

It went on. He received a mass backlash from his followers, later deleted the tweets and was fined by the FA.

KEVIN PIETERSEN (@kevinpp24)
The England cricketer (below) showed how well he reacts to being dropped with a ranting tweet, seven hours before the official release of the team for the one-day and Twenty20 matches against Pakistan.

It read: 'Yep.. Done for rest of summer!! Man of the World Cup T20 and dropped from the T20 side too.. it’s a f**k up!!'

The tweet even contradicted the comments he'd given in the official announcement saying he understood the decision.

STEPHANIE RICE (@ItsStephRice)
The Australian Olympic swimmer sent a homophobic message to all her followers during Australia's win over South Africa during the Tri-Nations rugby in 2010.

She tweeted: 'Suck on that fa**ots. Probs the best game I’ve ever seen!! Well done boys.'

She issued a tearful apology in a press conference and said she wasn't homophobic – but lost her Jaguar sponsorship deal and car that came with it.

Ill advised: Kevin Pietersen

NATHAN ECCLESTON (@NathanEccleston)
Former Liverpool youth-team player, who is now a Blackpool striker, on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorists attacks adopted an unusual stance – blaming a media conspiracy.

He tweeted: 'I ain’t going to say attack don’t let the media make u believe that was a terrorist that did it. #OTIS.'

At least he was taking an interest in world affairs.

LOLO JONES (@lolojones)
American hurdler Lolo Jones tweeted during the Olympics to her 189,000 followers at the time that her team-mates would start performing better in the 'gun shooting' competition.

She tweeted: 'USA Men's Archery lost the gold medal to Italy but that's ok, we are Americans… When's da Gun shooting competition'

This was eight days after one of the worst massacres in US history at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.