Neville urges stars to run social media accounts after Foden incident

Gary Neville urges Premier League stars to run their OWN social media accounts and warns their ‘independent thought and authenticity is at stake’ after Phil Foden was left furious when a tweet from his profile taunted Kylian Mbappe without his approval

  • Gary Neville has urged top-flight players to run their own social media accounts
  • Phil Foden was left furious at his social media team for aiming a tweet at Mbappe 
  • A tweet appeared on Foden’s page tagging Mbappe in it without his approval
  • Neville suggested those incidents could be avoided if they ran their accounts

Gary Neville has urged Premier League stars to run their own social media accounts and warned that their ‘independent thought and authenticity is at stake’ after Phil Foden was left furious when a company he uses taunted Kylian Mbappe on his account ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League semi-final with PSG. 

Former Manchester United defender Neville raised concerns last month about players not posting themselves on social media when he said England stars ‘don’t sound authentic’ after a number of them posted similar messages in the wake of a win over Albania.

City midfielder Foden, who scored in Wednesday night’s win at Borussia Dortmund to cement Pep Guardiola’s men’s place in the Champions League semi-final, was left in an awkward position after a Tweet was sent out aimed at PSG forward Mbappe without his approval.

Gary Neville has urged Premier League stars to run their own social media accounts after Phil Foden’s awkward incident with Kylian Mbappe on Wednesday night

The City midfielder starred again as his side advanced to the Champions League semi-finals

Foden was furious with the tweet sent without his approval, which tagged PSG’s Mbappe

Shortly after City’s victory, a picture of Foden began circulating with the words ‘@KMbappe are you ready?’

The 20-year-old City star and his representatives were not happy with the tone of the tweet, as it looked almost as if he was throwing down the gauntlet to the PSG superstar, and quickly asked for it to be taken down. 

The post had however already gained plenty of online traction and received a series of replies from online Twitter users, who questioned why Foden had appeared to immediately reach out to Mbappe. 

Neville later took to Twitter to urge players to start taking charge of their accounts so they can avoid similar incidents. 

The Sky Sports pundit raised concerns about players not controlling their accounts last month

Jesse Lingard toasted ‘job done’ on social media after last month’s win for the Three Lions

Mason Mount produced a near identical tweet as he reacted to the win against Albania

Neville was left frustrated at the similar tweets, feeling it shows a lack of authenticity

‘I mentioned on here a few weeks ago about players having their accounts run by social media companies. Lads run your own accounts!’ he wrote.

‘Your independent thought and authenticity is at stake. It’s your voice, not anyone else’s. Morning by the way. Go and attack the hell out of.’

Foden is not the first player to be left red faced from something being posted on his account by a social media team.

Recently, former England No 1 Joe Hart was forced to issue an apology when ‘job done’ was posted on his Instagram page after Tottenham lost 3-0 to Dinamo Zagreb to bow out of the Europa League. 

Joe Hart apologised for his social media gaffe (right) after Tottenham’s Europa League exit

Sportsmail understands that Foden’s representatives will be discussing their next steps and could well now look to end their relationship with the company. 

Neville insisted last month it’s a ‘real shame’ players don’t take charge of their own accounts after England’s internationals posted similar messages online.

‘Reading some of the England players tweets last night. Do any of the lads post themselves? They don’t sound authentic,’ he tweeted.

‘It’s a real shame they don’t manage their personal connection to the fans and media. #independentthinkers.’

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