The Nasri saga shows how social media is poisonous in football

Harry Kettle

Social media. Two words that can cause a polarising reaction throughout the globe no matter your race, gender or religion. The likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram create a platform for numerous types of people to air their grievances and share loving moments – but in the world of football it couldn’t be any more poisonous if it tried.

We’re all guilty of using the likes of these websites to stir stuff up. Whether it’s sending an indirect tweet to that one person you absolutely loathe or igniting a parade of uncertainty with an unusual status, you can never be too sure as to what impact you can have with just one simple click of a button.

Then again, perhaps you take a different stance when it comes to the increasingly bizarre world of professional football. After all, as a fan it gives you the chance to keep up to date with the lives of your heroes – what could be better?

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There’s certain steps that can lead to the downfall of an endless stream of people that comes directly from social media. You have speculation, intrigue, fascination, obsession and destruction. One tweet or picture can drive an entire fanbase towards insanity and the unhealthy link that some create between this seemingly fictional world is a dangerous one.

I say fictional and you may look upon that statement with confusion, but it’s true. Whether it’s an upcoming lower league star or the Cristiano Ronaldos of the world, more often than not they’re handed instructions as to what message they should put out to their millions of followers. It’s almost like a script, if you will, and it’s false.

Supporters want real human interaction and an honest portrayal of what somebody is feeling – not the stereotypical response of “good game, we go again!” or “we’ll do better next week, cheers to the fans #DreamBelieveAchieve”.

Then on the opposite end of the spectrum, you have the real issues; when things get too real. As some of us know better than others the second you’ve made your account on Twitter or Facebook, that’s it. You are out there for the world to see and the risk of being hacked, having details stolen and all that lark is an increasingly realistic possibility.

Let’s take a look at Samir Nasri, for example. Two days ago the bloke was just another top-tier player enjoying his days in Spain, but now we all know he enjoys the odd visit from an undercover prostitute looking to make some quick wonga off of his golden balls. I mean, if that’s what you’re into pal, fair enough – but the message is there for all to see.

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His missus broadcast this information to the world and it was all just a bit too easy. You can’t erase the impact that will have on the individuals involved and whilst yes, it made for an evening of Twitter viewing more entertaining than every episode of EastEnders combined, it highlights a desperate problem.

If that isn’t enough of a hit to the bollocks for you, then just glance towards Andre Gray for a second. Every single piece of disgusting behaviour from the 25-year-old’s past was there for everyone to see, and it just makes you wonder what young talent throughout the country have lurking on their Facebook or Twitter profiles right now.

Some may say it’s great for interaction and perfect for keeping tabs on the superstars that we know and love, but there’s a darkness hidden deep in this era of communication that will only grow as the years go on.

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