Norwich defender Ryan Bennett’s Football Association charge over Twitter comments will not affect his chances of facing Stoke City on Saturday, manager Chris Hughton has confirmed.
The 23-year-old took to Twitter in the week and engaged in several heated exchanges with Arsenal fans, while he was subsequently charged with misconduct by the FA and a deadline for his charge response was set at 4pm on Friday.
Canaries boss Hughton confirmed that the controversy would not change his selection plans for the game against Stoke and was quick to defend Bennett's attitude.
“It has no bearing at all,” said Hughton. "There is not much I can say because it is an issue which is being dealt with by the FA but it’s a reminder to those who decide to go on Twitter that when somebody like Ryan Bennett, who is a smashing lad, can have a charge pending then it can happen to anybody." Hughton told Radio Norfolk
After rising to the defence of his player, Hughton went on to suggest that the charge should serve as a warning to other players that are active on Twitter, and that each player has a responsibility to remain calm on the social networking site.
He said: “There is a responsibility for everybody that decides to have a Twitter account. They are individuals that are in the limelight and there are boundaries that they are not allowed to cross.
“If there needs to be a warning to anybody then it’s there.”
With centre-half Michael Turner ruled out of the game at the Britannia Stadium with a groin injury it is likely Bennett will replace him, this may have had a baring on the lack of internal punishment.
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