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Reds boss felt actions of Dutchman were "tongue-in-cheek"

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has warned his players about their responsibilities when going on social networking sites like Twitter, and admitted that the club may take action against Ryan Babel for his outburst at referee Howard Webb.

Babel caused controversy after posting a picture of Webb bedecked in a Manchester United shirt following the club's FA Cup defeat to the Red Devils and Tweeted: "And they call him one of the best referees? That's a joke. SMH [shaking my head]."

Since then, Babel has accepted an improper conduct charge from the FA, and Dalglish admits the Dutchman could now be sanctioned by the Anfield club too.

"Ryan has to be responsible. If you are going to be on Twitter you have to be responsible," said the Reds boss, according to the Press Association.

"You know the repercussions if you say or do something which is contentious.

"He never drew it [the picture] up, he just forwarded it on.

"I think it was a bit tongue-in-cheek, it wasn't his creation and he has apologised unreservedly to the referee.

"The club will take some action I would have thought and then that should be it for me."

To coincide with the uproar surrounding Babel, Goal.com UK looked at other footballers who regularly use Twitter as a means of communication.

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