There has been a lot of talk recently about celebrities with large Twitter followings being paid large sums of money to post sponsored tweets. But Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has found out that it cuts both ways.
He has been handed a £10,000 fine for the now infamous tweet of Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt.
Babel admitted a charge of improper conduct at a Football Association Regulatory Commission hearing.
Chairman Roger Burden said: “Social network sites like Twitter must be regarded as being in the public domain.
“All participants need to be aware, in the same way as if making a public statement in other forms of media, that any comments would be transmitted to a wider audience.”
“It is their responsibility to ensure only appropriate comments are used.”
The 24-year-old has also been warned over his future conduct.