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Hammers consider tweet action

April 20, 2011
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

West Ham are taking a lead in considering how best to tackle inappropriate Twitter usage after a spate of problems in the game generally and at Upton Park in particular.

Carlton Cole, Danny Gabbidon
PA PhotosCarlton Cole and Danny Gabbidon have caused controversy with recent tweets

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While respecting the players' right to freedom of speech, the Hammers board feel boundaries must be established about how this relates to the internet, and tweeting has suddenly became a major issue as it gets out of hand.

The club have already warned their players after the Carlton Cole incident, but they might now look at putting a clause in players' contracts in the future to include responsible tweeting.

England striker Cole and more recently defender Danny Gabbidon have made headlines for making controversial remarks on the site.

A West Ham insider told ESPNsoccernet: "We live in a democracy, it's not China! We might consider putting something in future contracts. It's not in existing contracts, but I personally believe in freedom of speech." The FA has been forced to look at recent tweets from a number of players, and Cole and former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel were both charged with improper conduct.