IT seems like such a long time ago when if you had a problem with someone you'd say it to their face, right? You'd pull them to one side and ask for a private word. An exchange of opinions, a customary handshake and either a resolution or agreement to disagree and go your separate ways. One thing was for sure though, it would be dealt with in a private and confide way. Oh, how things were so different before Twitter arrived and football players thought they could vent their frustration to the public. On Saturday, prior to Palace's home match against Leicester, midfielder Barry Bannan tweeted five angry faces. Had he just stubbed his toe? Or had he just found out the news that he wasn't to be included in Neil Warnock's squad? Only he knows the answer but we are left to speculate and assume - and that's not a good thing. I'm all for footballers having Twitter accounts. I think it's great that fans get an insight into what footballers get up to. It's a perfect platform for players and fans to connect on a personal level. But social media has a negative side. It provides a space for abuse of all kinds, manipulative behaviour and in some cases opinions that can lead to very bad consequences. If Bannan's tweet was about Palace he should seriously consider chatting to Jason Puncheon about the use of Twitter. Puncheon took to Twitter last year expressing opinions on comments that Warnock had made about him. They weren't pretty but Warnock insisted on Saturday the air is completely clear between himself and the midfielder. Puncheon was fined £15,000 by the FA. Lesson learnt? Let's hope so. We infamously saw Owen Garvan tweet last year:"I'll be here longer than he will… trust me," which sent sparks flying between the midfielder and then manager Ian Holloway. Indeed, Garvan was right as he still belongs at the club, which included an unlikely reunion with Holloway at Millwall at the end of last year. It's great to see the players providing their thoughts on match days, thanking their fans etc, but making comments that can only have a negative impact on the club or individual really shouldn't be posted over Twitter. I mean, QPR's owners must wait with baited breath every time Joey Barton tweets. He is not afraid to voice his opinion on any matter, and he really doesn't take any prisoners with that kind of thing. At Palace we don't have anyone like that, thankfully, and I hope that continues. At the end of the day no matter who you are or how much you're getting paid, you shouldn't think you are bigger than your club. Footballers, just think before you tweet please.
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