FC Liverpool’s Glen Johnson: Controversial Merson Tweet Deleted

As we all know football is a intensely competitive game that has devoted fans awash with emotion. But its not just the fans that struggle to contain their enthusiasm when voicing their opinions through the social media forum.

Glen Johnson, Liverpool‘s star defender has been unable to hold in his thoughts when reacting to ex Arsenal mid-fielder Paul Merson’s comments on Sky Sports. As reported by UK Eurosport, when describing Johnson’s abilities Merson said Johnson, “couldn’t defend for toffee.”

Johnson who has almost 37,000 followers on the social networking site, fired an almost instant reply via his Twitter account stating; “Comments from alcoholic drug abusers are not really gonna upset me and who is Paul Merson to judge players, he was average at the best of times,” he added, “The only reason he’s on that show is coz he gambled all his money away. The clown!”

The comments referred to Merson’s problem years dealing with alcohol and gambling addiction, through his career as a professional player. Winning himself 21 caps for England and playing for teams like Arsenal, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.

Twitter was quick to act by deleting Johnson’s slating of the television pundit, after receiving an onslaught of complaints. Tell us if you think that professional sports people, that have thousands of adoring fans should react to criticism in this way? Is it a knee-jerk reaction?

  • alan

    unfortunately for paul merson, the truth can sometimes hurt

  • ref

    Oh and Official lfc facebook has 3.8m likes as opposed to 36,000 you refered to in your other article.

  • Con 1

    Merson should not throw stones, he lives in a big, big glass house

  • ben

    did merson say it infront of 37,000 or the 2million plus watching soccer saturday. i'm guessing the latter. johnson has every right t say what he wants to who he wants

  • bl007

    If you can dish it, yu should be able to take it too!

  • Bob the Knob

    well is it true ? if so why not ?

  • StonyK

    So we are saying Sports Pundits are allowed to criticise footballers but footballers aren’t allowed to criticise pundits…..

    Sounds like the typical double standards of the media.

  • Greg

    Why not? Why should they have to take abuse from people who aren't as good as them? Johnson has more caps for england at 26 then Merson ever got. I wouldn't sit around and let someone who is not as good as me slag me off, would you?

    • Jamieson

      johnson plays in a different position and is probably the only right back for england now. merson achieved much more than johnson has

  • Andrew.L

    Good on ya glen

  • Common Sense

    Both are muppets.

    Classless.

  • Favian Lyngdoh

    well Glen work hard and kill them all with your performance in da pitch.And thats what matters most. all the best and win more games for liverpool fc.

  • Frank

    the more the sky pundits get thrown back at them the better, the utter garbage that is propagated on that media outlet deserves a response, well done glen, stand up for yourself lad.

  • RvPugsie

    Merse had more talent in his little finger than Johnson will ever have-fact. Exactly what does he base his "he was average at best" comment on? Certainly not facts.

    Of course Glen Johnson has a right of reply but it doesn't change the fact that he is an over paid, under achieiving, walking ego! What will his legacy be other than a fat bank balance? Not sure The Kop or The Shed will be singing his name in 20 years time, do you?

  • Alan Kennedy

    hi i like phil thompson