Paul Jewell hits out at his own players and abusive Twitter fans

PAUL Jewell has waded into the Michael Chopra row by insisting both his players and Town supporters are to blame.

Last season’s top scorer angered supporters by claiming on Twitter that a section of supporters were clueless when it comes to football.

The situation was heightened by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas who, not for the first time, came into conflict with fans on the social media website.

With Jewell more interested in improving results on-the-pitch, the last thing he would have wanted is to have two of his first-team players embroiled in a war of words with supporters.

He admitted he could see both sides, saying: “I don’t know what possesses players.

“I don’t think its clever to say anything to fans that is going to get their goat up.

“But I don’t think its particularly brave to slag people off on Twitter, if you are a fan. There are two sides to every story.”

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Not for the first time, Jewell admitted he was not a fan of Twitter, which has got a host of players in trouble, way and above Ipswich.

He said: “I don’t go on this modern world of Twitter, but that is the world some guys live in. “The fans of this football club, like all football clubs, are the most important people. Players, managers, owners, directors, press guys are only here for a short while, the fans will always be here.

“I understand the passion, I have been a fan myself, and I understand their drive, but sometimes a little bit of common sense has to come into it.”

Jewell admitted he would like to stop his players using the website – with Chopra, Emmanuel-Thomas, Scott Loach and Aaron Cresswell among the prolific tweeters.

He added: “I would like to ban them from Twitter but I don’t think we can.

“There is nothing wrong with debate and I know it can get heated. But when people get abusive, I think it is quite cowardly – whether it is a player or a supporter.

“I don’t condone players getting involved. If fans are going to go on there and have their say, why do they read it? I just don’t get it.

“It is not clever. The best way to do it is just ignore it.

“How many players are going to get into trouble over Twitter before they realise it is just not worth the hassle.

“Every time I put the TV on, someone is in trouble over Twitter. I know we are having a tough time, but they can’t antagonise people.

“I just want my players to do their talking on the pitch.”