Wayne Rooney challenged a Twitter member for a fight after abusive comments
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has asked his team’s footballers to stop tweeting after Wayne Rooney got involved in a thread of abusive and threating tweets.
A follower of rival Liverpool, under the user name "sam_oldon_LFC" had posted abuses to Rooney on Twitter.
The football star responded with a challenge.
He wrote, "I will put you asleep within 10 seconds hope u turn up if u don’t gonna tell everyone ur scared u little nit. I’ll be waiting."
Rooney later called the matter a joke.
The 25-year-old tweeted, "Haha bit of banter and people go nuts chill all people."
However, Ferguson has apparently taken the matter seriously.
He said, "I don’t understand it to be honest with you."
"I don’t know why anybody can be bothered with that kind of stuff. How do you find the time to do that? There are a million things you can do in your life without that. Get yourself down to the library and read a book. Seriously."
Ferguson went ahead and called the microblogging site a waste of time.
He said, "It is a waste of time. It seems to have a certain momentum at the moment. Everyone seems to want to do it."
Earlier this year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) banned all Twitter posts by team officials during the World Cup matches as a preventive measure to stop betting.