West Ham’s Carlton Cole Sparks Twitter Racism Debate

Online social networking site Twitter is growing in user numbers by the day, and although its got a little way to go before reaching Facebook’s high figure of subscribers, its still attracting the likes of not just the everyday person but the celebrity world as well. Over the last few months, it seems the world of football and its players are taking to the site more and more with the latest “Carlton Cole” from West Ham taking the driving seat.

The striker it seems has landed himself in hot water after making seemingly “innocent” jokes as he said, on his Twitter page about visiting fans of Ghana, Poland and Albania. Following on from the England friendly game last night, Cole took to the site and made reference to the 20,000 Ghanaian nationals by saying that Wembley Stadium would be inundated with immigration services. He tweeted, “Next friendly is gonna be Poland then Albania, government think their sly.”

Straight away, this sparked a huge debate on Twitter, with some saying that these comments were deemed offensive, whilst others were quick enough to defend the player saying that no harm had been done.

After this as Metro reported, Cole then took to the site once again and said, “Why are there so many sensitive people out there! It was a joke & its not even racist!” Added to people’s remarks on Twitter, Cole could face action from the FA, even though he was told to remove the comments.

People took to Twitter in their numbers with mixed reactions with some slating the player not getting into the England vs Ghana game by saying, “The only way for you to get involved with the England squad is to pay the £55 match ticket & grab a seat like the rest of us.” Another said, “Its not racist to make such a dumb remark, but its very rude to the many genuine Ghanian people that live in the UK.”

On the flip side to this, some fans tweeted, “Have you seen@Carlton9Cole’s tweets tonight? Some people calling him#racist. i think its just good #banter.”

Did you see Cole’s Twitter comments? What are your thoughts on the site being used in this way by footballers?