Social media blunders by footballers – from Hart’s gaffe to Anichebe’s tweet

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Footballers have suffered some hilarious blunders on social media over the years.

Stars of the sport around the world use sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to engage with their fanbase regularly.

It can see them reached millions of people, with stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo leading the way with more than 500 million across all pages as of February 2021.

But the large audience also means a lot of people will see when footballers make mistakes on their accounts.

Some, though, got the message a little late and made some hilarious gaffes on their social media channels.

So Daily Star Sport has scrolled through the timelines to take a look at some of the most memorable blunders…

Ryan Babel

The former Liverpool marksman was the first to make a big blunder on social media 10 years ago.

Following a January 1-0 loss to historic rivals Manchester United, the Dutchman poked fun at referee for the game Howard Webb.

The ex-official picked up criticism during his career for decisions going in favour of the Red Devils – and Babel took a clear swipe when he posted a Photoshopped image of the 49-year-old in the club’s shirt.

Posting on Twitter, he added the caption: “And the call him one of the best referees? That’s a joke.”

A regulatory commission acted quickly, fining the forward £10,000 for his social media exploits.

Joe Hart

England’s former No.1 may have been sitting on the sidelines this season but a Europa League misunderstanding left him embarrassed.

The 33-year-old was on the bench for Tottenham’s round-of-16 fixtures against Dinamo Zagreb this month.

It ended disastrously, with Jose Mourinho’s side throwing away a 2-0 first-leg lead to lose 3-2 on aggregate.

Despite being at the ground, Hart’s Instagram post of the full-time score with the caption “job done” suggested he wasn’t paying attention.

After a furious response from the Spurs faithful, Hart was forced to issue an explanation – and claimed it was a “typo”.

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  • Joleon Lescott

    Footballers’ wages mean they can afford some nice toys – but the ex-Aston Villa man chose the wrong time to show off.

    The former defender had just been on the end of a 6-0 thumping by Liverpool on Valentine’s Day in 2016.

    But 15 minutes after full-time, an image of a £120,000 Mercedes appeared on Lescott’s Twitter page.

    The Premier League winner soon claimed while his phone was “in his pocket”, leading to a mixed reaction from fans.

    Ashley Cole

    While the Chelsea legend is known for speaking his mind, he went too far back in 2012.

    Responding to the FA’s judgement on the John Terry racism case, Cole wrote: “Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFT***S.”

    It landed the former full-back a then-record £90,000 fine from the football governing body after admitting to the post.

    He even had to give a personal apology to FA chairman at the time David Bernstein.

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    Victor Anichebe

    Not every footballer takes responsibility for their own social media channels, with some taking guidance from PR firms.

    But Anichebe let the cat out the bag with a hilarious and infamous post.

    After Sunderland lost 1-0 to West Ham, the 32-year-old – who was without a goal for 18 months – was asked to post a response on his Twitter page.

    He was sent a message that read: “Can you tweet something like:

    “Unbelievable support yesterday and great effort by the lads! Hard result to take! But we go again!”

    With Anichebe putting the whole message online, it quickly went viral with fans copying the trait.

    Wayne Rooney

    At the other end of the goal-scoring spectrum, another Premier League forward also struggled with how Twitter worked.

    Joining the site in April 2011, the ex-United forward – scoring 11 goals on the way to the Premier League title – was posting regularly.

    And one saw him try to get in touch with team-mate Rio Ferdinand with a personal message.

    “Hi Rio do u [sic] want picking up in the morning pal,” the former forward wrote.

    The Twitterverse responses instead, though, as Rooney’s post went viral and continues to get re-shared.

    He went on to post other memorable tweets laying into Piers Morgan and confirming a hair transplant but this stood above the rest.

    Sergi Guardiola

    While posts get pushed further down the timeline, they never get forgotten.

    That is something Guardiola found out on what was nearly the day his career peaked.

    Having just signed for Barcelona Bs in 2015, a background check found offensive tweets by the forward about the club and Catalonia when praising rivals Real Madrid two years earlier.

    The Spaniard was immediately shown the door, heading to the second tier with Granada.

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  • Blaise Matuidi

    Footballers love to share images from their lives on social media – and Matuidi did it in perhaps the most memorable way.

    The World Cup-winner was looking for a photo to share with wife Isabelle on Valentine’s Day in 2017, the year they were married.

    But that day saw PSG beat Barcelona 4-0, leaving the midfielder so euphoric that he forgot to post.

    So he turned to Google for an image with his other half to share – but the screen grab he took also showed the fact he had to go online and search “Matuidi wife” for a photo.

    Quickly going viral, it may have led to an awkward return home to wife Isabelle for the Frenchman before being left with defeat in the second-leg, the historic 6-1 win for Barca.

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    • Facebook
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    • Tottenham Hotspur FC
    • Aston Villa FC
    • Chelsea FC
    • Sunderland FC
    • Manchester United FC
    • Barcelona FC
    • PSG FC
    • Premier League

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