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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Former Norwich City loanee Ryan Bertrand has become the latest professional footballer to fall foul of making his frustration known publicly, by using Twitter.
Bertrand, who successfully spent the second half of the 2007-08 season with the Canaries before returning for the whole of the ill-fated 2008-09 season that saw City relegated to League One, has had to pull out of the latest England squad.
Since cutting his teeth at Carrow Road the left-back, now 23 years old, has played in and won a Champions League final with Chelsea and represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.
His rapid rise to Premier League hot prospect had seen him called into Roy Hodgson’s squad for the two upcoming World Cup qualifiers, in place of another former Canary loanee, Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs.
But Bertrand, who played 70 times for City, has had to drop out of the squad because of illness.
However after reading reports that cited ‘a sore throat’ as the reason for his absence, some of his 112,000 Twitter followers began to question his desire to play for his country.
He wrote: “Just to clarify.... It’s not a ‘sore throat’, I’m ill, swollen glands in my neck and constant headache for three days now and freezing cold.
“Do you think a ‘sore throat’ could stop me being a part of a match for my club or country? This is what every boy dreams of.”
His tweets also included some swearing, which we have edited from these quotes.
Bertrand then realised his tweet could get him into trouble with the Football Association and deleted the tweet, before following up with an apology.
He tweeted: “Sorry if I offended anyone by swearing as I don’t encourage that type of language. Was just disappointed at the thought of people thinking I only have a sore throat. Which is not the case.”
Bertrand’s tweet comes less than a week after his Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole tweeted an offensive comment about the FA and was charged with misconduct, which is likely to see him fined two weeks’ wages - an estimated £240,000 - for bringing the game into disrepute.
- Do you think Bertrand’s comments were fair or did he overstep the mark? Is Twitter becoming a problem for football or is it good to see players showing some emotion? Leave your comments below.