Newcastle United Players To Be Issued Twitter Guidelines After Jose Enrique Revealed He Would Miss Tottenham Clash

Alan Pardew confirms club will give presentation to squad

Newcastle United are to give regulations to their players about their use of the social networking site Twitter.

The news of this comes days after Toon left-back Jose Enrique revealed to his followers on his Twitter page that he would miss the club’s fixture against Tottenham due to injury.

The Spaniard's admission left new Magpies boss Alan Pardew fuming as he intended to keep Enrique’s absence from the side quiet until the announcement of his team at White Hart Lane.

Pardew told The Guardian: "We are giving a presentation to the squad about the current format of information.

"Hopefully we will get that right. We don't want players tweeting about their fitness on the day of games but we are not going to stop freedom of speech. It is not the Chinese republic here."

The club will become the first in the Premier League to install such guidelines as the use of Twitter increases among high-profile players including England captain Rio Ferdinand, who has used the site to communicate with fans.

In providing the players with rules the Magpies will hope to avoid incidents such as Sunderland striker Darren Bent’s foul-mouthed outburst against his former chairman Daniel Levy after a series of delays had apparently halted his move to the Black Cats.

Enrique is expected to return to the Newcastle line-up against Wigan Athletic as the Magpies look to bounce back from the 1-0 defeat at Tottenham on Tuesday.

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