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Twitter to take battering on new rules for players

Last season saw an array of misdemeanours from players and the Premier League has drawn up guidelines on the use of social media.

High profile players have picked up millions of follows on Twitter and have used the media channel on everything from comment on other players and even team formations.

“There is a more human side now to some of the players and the public can communicate more directly with them”

said Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore

"Social media is doing a good job of allowing fans to feel closer to the players,"

"Clearly it isn't the same as texting your best mate or talking to someone."

The guidelines from the Premier League cover what disciplinary action the Football Association (FA) could take against players who make improper comments on social media.

A number of players charged over comments on social networking sites, the latest being Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, who has been charged by the FA with improper conduct on Twitter.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand uses Twitter on a regular basis and he insists he will continue to post messages.
Ferdinand, speaking in Shanghai during United's pre-season tour, said: "Twitter is something that lets fans get a bit closer to you by letting them see you do everyday things - just giving them a glimpse of what you get up to.

"I treat it [Twitter] as fun. I don't take it too seriously, to be honest."

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