'Yid' remark gets Emmanuel Frimpong FA conduct charge

Arsenal player charged as Premier League issues new guidelines on how to tweet responsibly

BY Bill Mann LAST UPDATED AT 08:09 ON Wed 25 Jul 2012

ARSENAL'S Emmanuel Frimpong has been charged by the Football Association with improper conduct after calling a Tottenham fan a "yid". The 20-year-old midfielder is in the dock following a Twitter tantrum on 15 July.

Frimpong, recovering from a knee injury, posted a message on the social networking site in which he said: "If you going church today Pray For me Giving today A Miss".

To which one kind-hearted Tottenham fans responded: "I prayed you break your arms and legs".

Not amused, Frimpong described the sender as "Scum Yid".

'Yid' is, of course, a pejorative term for Jews, of whom there there are many among Tottenham supporters. What makes the case complicated is that the club's hooligan firm actually calls itself 'Yid Army' and the Lilywhite faithful often refer to themselves as 'Yids' in the same way Arsenal fans like to think of themselves as 'Gooners'.

But that hasn't moved the FA, who on Tuesday issued a statement in which they said: "Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong has been charged under FA Rule E3 for improper conduct in relation to recent comments made on Twitter. The allegation is that Frimpong posted comments amounting to improper conduct and/or which brought the game into disrepute, which included a reference to ethnic origin, faith or race."

Frimpong has until 4pm on Friday to respond to the charge. Arsenal have already upbraided the youngster, who sustained his knee injury while on loan at Wolves last season, reminding him too of his responsibilities to the good name of Arsenal football club.

It seems Frimpong will join the list of top-flight footballers who have got themselves into Twitter trouble of late, among them Ryan Babel and Federico Macheda. Conscious of the fact that footballers need to be aware of the reach of Twitter, the Premier League issued a new set of guidelines to clubs on the same day Frimpong was charged by the FA.

In a statement published on its website, the Premier League explains that these guidelines are there to avoid players giving offence while at the same time providing a platform for the stars of the game to engage with supporters. The statement singles out Joleon Lescott and Wayne Rooney's tweets for praise, saying they use Twitter to "offer an intriguing insight into their views on the game and their lives in general".

That depends how one defines 'intriguing'. One of Rooney's more recent tweets ran: "Playing tiger woods13 head to head and got beat on 26 under after 18 holes. The guy who beat me was on 30 under."

Meanwhile Rooney's Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand has echoed the Premier League's comments. Despite the fact he is being investigated by the FA after appearing to applaud the description of Ashley Cole as a "choc ice", Ferdinand vowed he won't be given up Twitter any time soon.

"Twitter is something that lets fans get a bit closer to you, letting them see you do everyday things," he said. "I would love to have been able to be close to people like John Barnes, Gazza and Paul Ince when I was a kid."

Gazza on Twitter. Now that would have been intriguing… · 

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I would be called a yid any day over n*gger...

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