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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy delivered a typically blunt assessment of his players using social networking websites following the controversy surrounding Michael Chopra’s latest posts.

The Blues striker responded to online taunts about his ongoing battle with a gambling addiction by publishing a picture of a huge bag stuffed with money on Wednesday afternoon, accompanied by the message: ‘Keep tweeting me about being in debt haha love it #cash #skint #lol #lendmeafiver.’ (sic). The 29-year-old then promptly deleted his account, which had been followed by nearly 15,000 people.

Town players like Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Scott Loach, Tommy Smith, Aaron Cresswell, Aaron Mclean and Arran Lee-Barrett are all still active on the public website which connects millions of people.

“I don’t follow Twitter, so I’ll be brutally honest and say I don’t know what’s gone on,” said McCarthy.

“I don’t understand why people go on Twitter. Why you would get into an argument on it is beyond me. Arguing with faceless people that you don’t know and are never going to see – why would you bother?

“You learn as you go along, being in the public eye, that you don’t listen to things or read things. You have to not take notice of peoples’ opinions because they can be very hurtful. If you take notice of it, more fool you – I learnt that a long time ago.

“The players get involved in these social media sites to get bullied. Why bother?

“I haven’t seen it (the Chopra post).

“Someone showed me a picture of what he did. Listen, just don’t get involved – certainly with our fans. You don’t want to be falling out with them. You want to keep them on side.

“I haven’t said too much to him because I don’t know too much about it.”

McCarthy brought in a media law firm at previous club Wolves to brief his first-team and academy players about the perils of posting messages and pictures that could come back to haunt them.

It followed an incident when Greg Halford, who was on loan at Portsmouth but had returned to Molineux to attend Wolves’ Premier League match against Chelsea, went on Twitter to announce that Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell was watching from the stands.

The following day Sidwell pulled out of a move to Wolves and joined Fulham, leading McCarthy to claim the deal had collapsed because ‘some twit tweeted it’.

The Blues boss has previously expressed concern that the website could lead to a ‘disgruntled numpty’ within his squad revealing his starting line-up.

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12 comments

  • The Chopra bag of money picture is reminiscent of one of the old George Best stories. Best, by then on the downhill slope from Man U greatness, had taken a former Miss Great Britain to a casino and won thousands of pounds. Back in his hotel room, the cash was on the bed, she was in a negligee and room service arrived with a bittle of chilled champagne. The waiter said to Best: "I hope you don't mind me asking, but where did it all go wrong?"

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    Jerry Jones

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • hi fans, Ged & Rob here! just want to say a few words....er...let's start with 'No loans' and 'Offshore Investment FC', 'gravy train' , oh yeah let's not forget 'soundbites' and 'faceless'...'Mick the Maan'-one of Rob's faves (don't forget Ged, that one must have a massive dollop of sarcasm!). Ooooh we do love soundbites don't we Ged! Ooooh yes Rob....now pass me my green and yellow sponge so I can wash your back! Bye bye fans!

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    GorlestonBoy

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Thought that looked like a very old photograph. Then I read that's the last time Chopra actually scored.

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    floridaboy1

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Anyone with a modicum of grey matter can see that it is pretty dumb (although admittedly understandable at times) for players to have a go at their customers - the fans.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Hush now Ged, you've wandered onto the wrong paper's website. Back to the EDP, there's a good lad. Nap time, and if you're a good boy you might get to watch the Budgies lose tomorrow.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Didn't someone called Michael Chopra used to be a good football player!Probably before my time though!

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    sistheswan

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • As he often did before jumping on the gravy train at Offshore Investment FC, No Loans is talking sense. For some reason it is OK for supporters to scream abuse at players on the pitch (and apparently on Twitter) but anything coming back the other way is a mortal sin that the sensitive souls who scream the abuse cannot take in return. I am sure Tom in his infinite wisdom can explain.

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • I'm sure the irony isn't lost on Steroo and Ged Scott, two habitual abusers of players, managers, owners and fans on this site, that the people lambasting Chopra and Co on Twitter wouldn't dare say the same thing to their faces, instead hiding behind faceless online profiles to enable them to have an opinion. Just like Scott and Steroo.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Steroo - have you considered therapy? You appear to be using this site as a vent to some kind of inner anguish but, given that you make the same tired points relentlessly, and that there appears to be no end to your sense of inner frustration, it doesn't seem to be working. Seriously, try a therapist instead and spare us all the boring nonsense.

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    The Poacher

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Are Mr Steroo and Ged one and the same person? Is that person a very angry individual who harbours a deep resentment against The Town? Is it Roy Keene?

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    OldBoy

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Just a minute! Isn't 'Offshore Investment FC' repetition, repetition, repetition (ad nauseam)? Were its perpetrator actually to exist, I'd go along with The Poacher and advise therapy. On the other hand, the Boringtroll Awards are due to be announced very soon.

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    Ken Hairy

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Just goes to show the intelligence level of the players at Ipswich Town, no wonder they are struggling so much on the pitch!!!

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    ged scott

    Friday, February 8, 2013

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