~~ Whoa. That number is not surprising on one hand considering the amount of *ish that gets thrown an athletes way nowadays and Twitter allows for instant retorts… But on the other hand, that’s a boat load of money that the FA is taking in based on eagle eye Twitter stalking and the glorification of pretty much anything nowadays in England….. And where is the line? AND when do we start seeing fines like this making their way into the MLS world?
Rio Ferdinand became the latest player to be punished for overstepping the mark on Wednesday when the FA fined him £25,000 and suspended him for three matches for a tweet that represented an aggravated breach of its rules as it included a reference to gender. More specifically, the Queens Park Rangers defender had referred to the mother of a Twitter user with the Caribbean slang term “sket”, which means promiscuous girl or woman.
The FA has collected around £350,000 in fines from social-media-related offences. Since 2010-11 when Ryan Babel, then of Liverpool, became the first player to be censured after he posted a photograph of the referee Howard Webb mocked up in a Manchester United shirt, the FA has investigated 121 instances of inappropriate comments on social media.
Of those cases, 18 have resulted in no further action being taken; 27 resulted in warnings; 16 resulted in the participant being reminded of their responsibilities and 60 led to charges. Of the charges, 33 have involved aggravated breaches of the rules which came into force in 2010?11 and were tightened up in May 2013 as part of English football’s inclusion and anti-discrimination plan.
Only two players have been fined more at any one time for social-media infringements. Cole was ordered to pay £90,000 in 2012 after he described the FA as a “bunch of twats” after they had questioned the evidence he gave on behalf of Terry while the Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto was fined £50,000 earlier in the year for his message in support of Nicolas Anelka’s “quenelle” gesture. Assou-Ekotto was also banned for three games.
~~ Been a tough couple of weeks for Manuel Pellegrini & Co…. And it doesn’t get any easier with the confirmation that Yaya Toure has a ‘small problem’ and David Silva is out as City prepares for the Manchester Derby this Sunday.
Pellegrini said: “David has a problem in his ligament. Maybe he will be out around three weeks so he will not be available for the derby.
We love this series here from Jerry. Really excited to see that the new season starts just next week. Amy Schumer, K. Hart, Bill Burr, Fred Armisen and more. They are always funny, always informative. If you haven’t gotten hip to the show yet, get your google machine on and see whats up. The Alec Baldwin episode will always be my favorite. The Howard Stern episode is good. Sarah Silverman. David Letterman. Seth Meyers. The more I type the more fired up I get! Is it next Thursday yet?
This Christmas inspired Football Jumper has Newcastle United on the front and Christmas inspired decorations around it. It has a round neck and long sleeves.
I happened to be on the facebook earlier tonight and saw this in my feed. I have to say, this jawn is kind of hot. I won’t call it an ugly Christmas sweater because its definitely not that… but you can tell that they took some inspirations from that ugly Christmas sweater look. This has hipster written all over it. I’m not a hip, but I might need to eff with one of these….
Doctors told Megan and A.J. DeLaGarza that a congenital heart defect would require their first child to have major surgery as soon as he was born. The young family’s courage inspired support and warmth from across an entire league.
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