PFA Scotland have warned players their careers could be seriously damaged by social media in the wake of Leigh Griffiths’ latest Twitter controversy.
The Hibs striker, whose loan from Wolves is likely to be extended until the end of the season, is at the centre of enquiries by Lothian and Borders Police following an alleged racist comment made on the site last week.
SFA compliance officer Vincent Lunny could also take action against the 22-year-old while Hibs have vowed to consider disciplinary sanctions.
PFA Scotland Chief Executive, Fraser Wishart, has urged his members to be wary of the consequences when they post on-line.
The PFA Scotland chief said: “Players have to understand it has massive implications. This can be damaging to their reputations, it can be damaging to their employment.
“Future employers patrol these sites as well. They will look through Facebook or Twitter and see what kind of person they are dealing with. What’s their language like? Are they decent people?
“So it can have a huge impact on a player’s life. We have to recognise players are subject to a lot of abuse themselves. But that doesn’t excuse anybody from retaliating in any sort of form that’s deemed as racist or discriminatory in any way.
“We can’t back a player who makes comments like that.
“Twitter is a dangerous tool for football and the sooner we become aware of that the better. The advice we give is, ‘Would you make the same comment in front of live TV cameras?’ If you wouldn’t don’t put it on Twitter.”
Wishart hopes Griffiths learns from his mistakes and added: “We are close to the people at Show Racism the Red Card and I’m sure Leigh would give his support to the campaign. Perhaps he could attend events.”
Source: Daily Record