As we all know football is an intensely competitive game that has devoted fans awash with emotion. But it’s 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 sportspeople, that have thousands of adoring fans should react to criticism in this way? Is it a knee-jerk reaction?
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