Jose Enrique has apparently been fined two weeks wages by the club following on from his outburst on Twitter on Sunday evening, according to The Sun.
Of course that makes me highly sceptical about it although it’s Steve Bremner who is reporting it and at least he is out in the USA with our squad so I’m hopeful that he has some informed views on what is going on. Maybe I’m hoping too much?
Even if you take away this alleged two week fine (which is reported to be £100,000 in total, or £50,000-a-week) it’s worth noting that Alan Pardew has had something to say about the latest Twittergate scandal. In quotes attributed to The Sun he said the following:
“Jose was wrong to put those comments up and I told him,” said Pards. “It’s a good offer which we have given him and maybe the frustration of the situation got the better of him.”
“I want him to stay, he’s a good lad but this didn’t reflect well on him. It was a mistake, he knows it and so do I.”
It was a mistake in my opinion as I believe these kind of things should be kept in house. Freedom of speech is all well and good (do we really have that in the UK anyway?) but there are times when things are best being said behind closed doors and I think this was one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I agree with much of what Jose said, but I just don’t agree with the way it was put across.
Still this is Twitter and it’s what can happen when you’re frustrated. It’s an easy outlet and Jose isn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last footballer to have a bit of a rant or let slip some gossip on the micro-blogging website.
There is a meeting scheduled later this year where all 20 Premier League clubs are going to sit down together and discuss the merits and pitfalls of social media sites and the role that they play in football. From this next quote I think it’s safe to say that Alan Pardew doesn’t mind players using it, as long as it isn’t bringing anything into disrepute. He said:
“Twitter is dangerous. You can say things when you’re emotional, when it’s probably not the best time to express your feelings. I’m all for people expressing themselves – they just have to be very careful.”
Hopefully this will bring about a swift end to the whole affair, although only time will tell whether the end will result in Jose leaving St James’ Park or whether Alan Pardew will get his wish and Jose will remain at Newcastle in the interim.
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