Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand has become the latest player to be caught up in a scandal over Twitter, after he used foul language on the site.
The versatile defender/midfielder was forced to withdraw from the England squad on Thursday due to illness, but some have targeted him saying that he pulled out with a mere sore throat.
Bertrand reacted angrily, launching his defence on the social networking site.
“Just to clarify…. Its not a “sore throat” Im ill. swollen glands in my neck… And constant headache for 3 days now and freezin cold,” Bertrand said on Twitter.
“Do you think a “sorethroat” could stop me being apart of a match for my club or country? #yourf******nuts this is what every boy dreams of.”
The wideman was quick to delete the post, and ended up apologising for the expletive comments.
“Sorry if i offended anyone by swearing as i don’t encourage that type of language,” Bertrand wrote. “was just disappointed at the thought of people thinking i only have a sore throat.. which is not the case…”
The FA have announced that a new code of conduct has been installed to advise footballers on their behaviour, and Bertrand may well now be subject to disciplinary procedures from the governing body.
England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is happy that Bertrand apologised and issued a warning for all players on their use of Twitter.
“I think his sentiments were laudable, telling how much he wants to play for England and being a bit irritated that someone should suggest he doesn’t play when he gets a sore throat, but his choice of words was wrong,” he confessed on Sky Sports.
“I’m pleased to see he’s apologised for it and it just reminds us how careful players of this profile have to be.
“I believe there’s not really a question from the FA’s point of view that he’ll be charged but it’s a lesson that needs to be learned and that we can all learn from,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight