I think I only follow one footballer on Twitter and he is an ex-Celtic player so this isn’t anything that is likely to affect me too much but I am always uneasy about headlines like this…
The Premier League has drawn up guidelines for players about how to use social media.
They offer advice on the endorsement of brands, goods and services and also warn players not to reveal confidential information about team matters.
I don’t like things like this because even though they say “guidelines” and not “rules” or “laws”, it still seems that people are being told what they can and cannot say. Transgressors of the guidelines are likely to be punished.
Although I personally might not want to follow too many players (though I do follow a lot of fan media) that is beside the point. These guidelines are still a little whittling away of free speech at the margins, and the fact it is done so publicly normalises the little loss too.
I am sure there have been “guidelines” given to olympic athletes about what they can and cannot say as well.