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Due to the large number of fake accounts in existence on popular social networking and social media sites, Manchester City and Manchester United have banned their players from having accounts on sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
A Manchester United spokesperson, speaking in the Manchester Evening News, said “The club wishes to make it clear that no Manchester United players maintain personal profiles on social networking websites. Fans encountering any web pages purporting to be written by United players should treat them with extreme scepticism.”
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Surely it would have been better for both clubs to employ a Manchester social media or online PR expert with the nous to manage their online profile? This would have been infinitely better than cutting off all potential for online contact between players and fans in one fell swoop. It would seem that in this instance both Manchester United and Manchester City are betraying a distinct lack of knowledge when it comes to modern marketing techniques.