Manchester City groundsman forced to close Facebook account over offensive comments

Posted by - February 11, 2011 - Manchester City, Manchester United

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A Manchester City employee has been ordered to shut-down his Facebook account by the club after a series of foul-mouthed outbursts towards Manchester United hit the headlines. Ged Coyne, City’s groundsman for 15 years, was told to remove his ‘Ged Coyne MrManchestercity’ account amid fears his comments could stoke up yet more ill-feeling ahead of this weekend’s Manchester derby.

Among the repeatable comments were ones referring to United’s manager as “Alex purple-head Ferguscum” and another describing Old Trafford as “the Theatre of Complete Tosspots”. Newly-retired Gary Neville also came in for some abuse.

A City spokesman said: “The member of staff in question regrets posting the material and removed it immediately.”

The club has now published a staff booklet to advise club employees, including players, on using social media sites.

  • Phil

    He needs to be sacked immediatley, the club needs to take a stand on this.
    If he wants to go to tribunal then so be it, let the panel see the evidence and they can take a view on it, and hope it will cause further embarassment on him. It will also re-affirm the clubs stance and highlight emphatically they don’t want him at the club.
    Phil PS A City fan…

  • http://www.facebook.com/CiTyBlUe7 Jason Halfpenny

    Phil, if your a City fan then im the king of the world, on a serious note if you really are a City fan which I very much doubt then your a disgrace to us.

    Ged is entitled to his opinion and the only reason he has been bossed around is due to him being an employee of Manchester City FC.

    I am the owner of a City blog and I say what I like when I like even if it is Ferguson’s Bacon Face, Gary Neville’s a Rat or Rio Ferdybird looks like a Drug Addict.

    Ged should not be sacked and will not be sacked, Ged is a City fan and I fully support his opinion.

  • Redmaharishi

    Typical comment from an uneducated Moron. He probably lives in Stockport like most City fans. You can understand it as they have been useless for 35 years and now have a bit of money but no class. Acting like a Chav lottery winner. Other City fans will relish it because they are as thick as this guy.

  • drew

    Ged is actually a funny guy, he rips me i rip him , it is all banter and im a man u fan, i want his facebook account back as he did cause arguments but very entertaining ones, anyone who takes it further to violence are the ones who need their head seeing to. He gets called megahead and massifhead due to the fact he was born with a slightly larger head than the usual human and never complains about it. He also gets accused of sleeping with prostitutes in the blackley area and im sure he would never throw his money away like that.
    All the abuse he takes and gives should be took light hearted, as he actually has a man utd badge tattoo’d on the underside of his foot so lay off people, when he bleeds he hurts ok !

  • drew

    Ged is actually a funny guy, he rips me i rip him , it is all banter and im a man u fan, i want his facebook account back as he did cause arguments but very entertaining ones, anyone who takes it further to violence are the ones who need their head seeing to. He gets called megahead and massifhead due to the fact he was born with a slightly larger head than the usual human and never complains about it. He also gets accused of sleeping with prostitutes in the blackley area and im sure he would never throw his money away like that.
    All the abuse he takes and gives should be took light hearted, as he actually has a man utd badge tattoo’d on the underside of his foot so lay off people, when he bleeds he hurts ok !

  • Fog

    Absolute truth there Drew..Quality!!!!