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Mike Ashley bans staff from posting online messages about Newcastle

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Mike Ashley bans staff from posting online messages about Newcastle

Post  1892NUFF on Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:13 pm

MIKE ASHLEY has launched a Toon Twitter clampdown to avoid a repeat of his bitter bust-up with Joey Barton.

Newcastle's players were yesterday issued with legal letters ordering them not to blast the club on social networking sites. Guidelines had already been put in place at the club.

But after Barton let rip at the board this week, Toon owner Ashley acted quickly to stop his stars stepping out of line.

Barton and fellow Twit Jose Enrique were both fined two weeks' wages for outbursts.

And anyone who follows suit can expect similar punishments.

Boss Alan Pardew, who still hopes to keep Barton, has spoken with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson about dealing with Twitter.

Pardew said: "The problem I have is people are tweeting on there in an emotional state. Not just footballers.

"Sportsmen are an emotive people. They get in an emotional state and then put something out instantly on Twitter - it's very, very damaging.

"I spoke to Sir Alex and their policy is nobody at their club can comment about the club.

"That's probably where we should be because it is in breach of contract if you are criticising the owner, the masseur, the player, anyone at the club.

"If you're giving out injury news, that causes us a problem, so we've notified the players.

"They have probably seen it as another sort of dictatorial moment from us but we've had to issue them legally with a letter to say this is not right.

"It's a breach of contract and you're going to be disciplined."

Barton trained with the youth squad yesterday but still tweeted.

In a hint at repairing relations with Ashley, he cheekily asked if anyone had a number for famous bridge builder Isambard Kingdom Brunel!

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