Footballers say having social media accounts are great because it gives them a chance to interact with the fans and get closer to them on a personal level, and most of the time this is true.
You see players regularly re-tweeting fans, or sending well-wishes to them or even giving them signed memorabilia, however, there is also a massive downside to footballers being on social media and last night Joleon Lescott found out what it's like to be on the end of a Twitter backlash.
As we all know, Aston Villa got thumped yesterday afternoon by a rampant Liverpool at Villa Park. The Villans fell to a 6-0 defeat and remained rooted at the bottom of the table with relegation beckoning.
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Lets face it, it will be a miracle if Remi Garde's men survive now.
So what do the Villa fans want from their club after a 6-0 thumping at home? A couple of statements issuing apologies? Them admitting they let the club and the fans down? Or how about a picture of a very snazzy car?
Well Lescott did the latter. Yes, following the 6-0 thrashing, Lescott thought it would be okay to tweet a random picture of a fancy car. No words, no nothing, just the picture on it's own.
Villa fans were fuming, neutral fans were re-tweeting it and asking what on earth he was thinking and even journalists were picking up on it with Stan Collymore and Jacqui Oatley both tweeting out the incident.
Two hours after that picture was sent out on Lescott's official account, along came the apology and my word it was a poor one.
The defender had clearly got into trouble with the club and they seemingly asked him to apologise. He did that, but then blamed his phone for sending the tweet whilst he was driving.
Now they are called smart-phones, but could they really load up twitter, click an image and then press publish all in order whilst resting in your pocket?
Lescott's brother claimed he was hacked and someone else sent the tweets out, but the defender's excuse about his phone sending it out itself was just ridiculous.
Be careful how you use Twitter, footballers.
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