Update: Norwich City’s Ryan Bennett charged by FA in relation to Twitter comments

Norwich City's Ryan Bennett, whose tweets have landed him in hot water. Picture by Paul Chesterton/F

Norwich City's Ryan Bennett, whose tweets have landed him in hot water. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett faces punishment from both his club and the Football Association for comments made on his personal Twitter account.

Bennett has been charged with misconduct in relation to comments made on Twitter. The defender has breached FA Rule E3 - Use of abusive and/or insulting and/or threatening words in comments posted on a Twitter account.

The 23-year-old has until 4pm on Friday, April 26 to respond to the charge.

The Canaries confirmed last night in a brief statement that Bennett was the subject of internal disciplinary procedures – while the player himself earlier used his account to say he had been charged by the FA.

Bennett deleted his account immediately after breaking the news so the comments that have got him into hot water are no longer in the public domain.


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An official statement read: 'The club can confirm defender Ryan Bennett has been the subject of internal disciplinary procedures following remarks made on the social media service Twitter.

'The club is waiting for further communication from the Football Association regarding any possible formal charge from them in relation to the matter.

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'No further comment will be made by the club or Ryan Bennett at this time.'

Bennett is the latest footballer to tweet himself into trouble by making his views public on the social media network.

England internationals Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole along with outspoken former Newcastle and Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton have all been charged and fined previously by the FA in relation to comments posted on their personal twitter accounts.

Others to incur the wrath of the game's governing body, and pick up fines, include former Liverpool star Ryan Babel, West Ham's Carlton Cole and Aston Villa's Darren Bent (when he was at Tottenham).

The FA has stringent guidelines for social media use within the professional game that span a diverse range of issues from adverse comments towards match officials to personal comments which may be deemed to cause offence.

The FA's social media policy says any statements on social networking sites are deemed to be in the public domain and subject to the same potential disciplinary measures.

Bennett hit the headlines for the right reasons at the weekend when he scored Norwich City's opening goal in their 2-1 Premier League win over Reading after replacing the injured Michael Turner midway through the first half at Carrow Road.

The centre-back has made 24 senior appearances for the club since moving from Championship outfit Peterborough in January 2012.

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