FA Guidelines on Social Networking Websites.

Clubs are asked to remind all participants at your club, with particular reference to all players, of the following key points in relation to the use of social networking websites.

All comments on social networking sites may be considered public comment, by the FA.

Any comments which are improper, bring the game into disrepute or are threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting may lead to disciplinary action.

Comments about match officials which imply bias, attack officials integrity or are overly personal in nature are considered improper.

Comments which include a reference to a person’s ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability may be considered aggravated and attract a higher disciplinary sanction.

Re-tweeting another person’s post may lead to disciplinary action if the original comment was improper.

Deleting or apologizing publicly for improper posting, whilst advisable, does not prevent disciplinary action being taken.

An individual is strictly responsible for any posting on his/her account. Participants should take every care to ensure that others do not access their account, as the fact that a posting or comment may have been made by a third party will not prevent disciplinary action being taken against the account holder.

Participants are required to act in the best interest of the game at all times and should be aware that their postings on social networking sites are likely to be subject to public and media scrutiny.

Whilst we are conscious that the use of social networking sites can be positive we must advise that Participants exercise caution with the content of any postings.