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SHOULD football clubs ban their players from Twitter?

JOEY Barton’s controversial “tweeting” has once again raised a debate on whether football clubs should ban their players from using the social networking tool Twitter.

Barton has been openly critical of the Magpies in the last few weeks and days, resulting in him being fined and put on the transfer list.

Newcastle have now issued a strict Twitter policy setting out what is acceptable for their players to tweet.

Meanwhile, Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has admitted he’s baffled by the explosion of interest in Twitter.

He said: “It’s been quite hysterical what’s been happening over the road, I have to say.

“I think it’s like anything; if common sense prevails then we’ve got to manage the situation. If it gets out of hand then you’ve got to stamp on it.

“If it’s affecting your club and people are criticising for unjust reasons then of course you’re going to stop it.

“I can’t understand personally, what the hell they get out of it. I can’t. I think it’s a bit of an ego thing to see who can have the most followers. That’s the big thing.

“As for telling you my whereabouts or I’ve just had my Weetabix is just, for me, farcical stuff. Maybe they have too much time on their hands.”

Do you think the players should be banned from using Twitter?