Blackpool footballer Michael Chopra fined £10,000 for Tweet

Blackpool’s Michael Chopra was fined £10,000 this morning in relation to a tweet he posted earlier today about this mornings training session.

Michael Chopra tweeted,

“Fucking joke this come in training only 6 fucking players here then find out the fitness coach taken the football session #joke.”

The tweet was later on deleted by Chopra and the club announced that the tweet was in relation to the fact “Chopra was one of number of players asked to report to training as normal this morning for extra work with the fitness coach.”  Chopra has been fined the maximum amount for breaching the clubs code of conduct and given a very public warning from the staff at Blackpool FC.

The Seasiders issued the following statement on their website around midday that stated:

“The manager has requested that the fine levied against Chopra, which equates to more than £10,000, be donated to the club’s Community Trust, to assist in their work as part of Altogether Now – A Legacy for Blackpool. The club can confirm that Chopra was one of number of players asked to report to training as normal this morning for extra work with the fitness coach.

Both the manager and the chairman are aware and disappointed with the contents of his tweet, prompting this course of action.

The player, who has the right to appeal, has since apologised for the tweet and removed the contents from his account. The money will be utilised across a number of projects to improve the lives of young people in Blackpool, through the delivery of health, education and inclusion schemes.”

Whilst the action itself is to be frowned upon, Blackpool must be commended for their quick turn around on not only identifying the tweet but preparing a statement and the necessary punishment. In less than 3 hours, the Championship side managed to react and readdress the situation.

Blackpool could’ve improved their image further by perhaps suggesting the player would now have to undergo a Social Media best practice session and be refreshed about the club’s own Social Media Policy (which we can assume the club has).

Sean Walsh

Founder of and leading Football Social Media expert.

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