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Due To Inappropriate comments on Twitter FA fines Arsenal midfielder Frimpong £6,000

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been fined £6,000 by the Football Association. In addition to the fine, the 20-year old has been hit with a charge of improper conduct by the governing body after using “a derogatory term” to a Tottenham fan on the internet. The governing body has also charged the former Wolves loanee with improper conduct as well as issuing a warning about the player’s future conduct on the social networking website. According to a statement on the FA website,  Frimpong posted a comment “amounting to improper conduct and/or which brought the game into disrepute”. The offending comment also “included a reference to faith”.

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The Ghana-born midfielder posted a comment on his official Twitter account  on 15 July which read “if you going church today Pray For me Giving today A Miss”.  This was met with a response from a Tottenham fan who replied: “I prayed you break your arms and legs”. Frimpong responded by retweeting the post and adding a derogatory term which “included a reference to faith”. Frimpong quickly removed the tweet, but it sparked a debate on the social networking site among supporters of both clubs and did not escape the FA’s attention. Emmanuel Frimpong Arsenal Emmanuel Frimpong is the latest Premier League player embroiled in Twitter controversy. The charge, issued under FA Rule E3, related to controversial comments the 20-year-old made on the social network site. Frimpong made 14 appearances for Arsenal last season before joining Wolves in a spell that was cut short by a knee injury in February. Arsenal last week confirmed the player had been ‘reminded of his responsibilities when representing the club’. On the same day the Premier League revealed new guidelines for social media by players, following consultation with the FA and the Professional Footballers’ Association. Frimpong said: “Just wanna Say didn’t even no the word is offensive as u hear it all the time but u live and learn from ur mistakes Have a gd afternoon.” The term that the midfielder is believed to have posted has been used to identify Tottenham supporters because of the proportion of Jewish supporters at the club.

This week, the FA charged Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand with improper conduct following comments he made on the social media site in reference to Chelsea’s Ashley Cole. The 33-year-old appeared to condone the use of the term ‘choc ice’ in relation to the Chelsea full-back, which is slang for a person that is ‘black on the outside but white on the inside’. A campaign was launched last year by comedian David Baddiel to stamp out use of the word in football chants as it can be viewed as anti-Semitic.

Manchester United Midfielder Paul Scholes: I Never Got England Call

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has said England boss Roy Hodgson never offered him the chance to return to international football. Paul Scholes would have made a shock comeback for England in the European Championship this summer, if he had been asked.  Many people were calling for Scholes to return for England at the tournament, with midfielders Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard both absent due to injury. However, Scholes has revealed that he did not receive a request to come out of international retirement by Hodgson. Speaking on United’s pre-season tour of South Africa and China, 37-year-old Scholes said the absence of communication from the national team meant he had no decision to make. Scholes called time on his stellar career following the 2011 Champions League final defeat to Barcelona at Wembley, but returned six months later and had such a positive impact that it was suggested he might earn a shock call-up to Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad, eight years after his last international.

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The 37-year-old said: “I wasn’t offered the chance. It was flattering to be talked about. But I wasn’t asked so it means nothing.” Scholes has since signed on for another season at Old Trafford, which Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson does expect to be the former England midfielder’s last, and needed little persuasion. However, Hodgson decided against trying to lure the midfielder out of international retirement on two counts: he thought Scholes’s priority would have been extending his United career and he did not want to risk rejection by the Old Trafford veteran.He signed a one-year deal with United in May, extending another chapter to his career at the Old Trafford club 18 years after he made his debut for them. He returned from self-imposed retirement last January when United were struggling with injuries in midfield. Yet the desire for his return was mutual.

‘I was itching to play again,’ he said.’I was all right for the first couple of months after retiring and didn’t really miss anything. If I’d stayed away from the reserves and the club I’d probably have been OK. But every day that I was going in I just wanted to train and be involved.’ His return to the United midfield was not enough to prevent rivals Manchester City claiming the Premier League title on a dramatic final day of the campaign, a scenario that he said persuaded him to continue his playing for a further year.  “It’s always a motivating force when you lose the league,” he explained from his side’s pre-season tour of South Africa. “It’s not nice to see another team celebrate winning the title on the last day of the season. That picture stays with you.” He continued ‘But we have to look to next year, and if we’re in the same position we’ll have to make sure we finish the job.’