MANCHESTER UNITED FOOTBALLERS have been told to stop tweeting and concentrate on other things, like reading.
The players might have got the infamous hairdryer treatment this week after Wayne Rooney became embroiled in a bout of online handbaggery.
Taunted by a twitterer, Rooney found himself challenging someone to a fight, and then, more wisely explaining that it was all a bit of a joke.
Today, perhaps reacting to this, Rooney's club manager let everyone know what he thinks about the social notworking micro-blogging service Twitter.
"I don't understand it, to be honest with you... there are a million things you can do with your life other than that," Ferguson told a news conference, according to Reuters. "Get yourself down to the library and read a book. It's a waste of time."
Ferguson's players, including Rio Ferdinand, have taken to Twitter like whales to water, but it seems that they could be denied the pleasure of putting out short, text-speak meanderings as and when they feel like it.
"It seems to have a certain momentum at the moment. Everyone seems to want to do it," added Ferguson. "We as a club are looking at it because there can be issues attached to it. And we don't want that." µ
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