Footballers and Twitter – not always a great combination.
The app can be a great platform for the world’s biggest stars, but it can also cause trouble finding that old messages can come back to haunt them.
Most players have their own social media accounts. Some let their management teams lead, while others take matters into their own hands – but sometimes with unfortunate consequences.
Arsenal target Runar Alex Runarsson is the latest player to dig up some of his old tweets. The goalkeeper was far from complimenting Arsene Wenger in 2011, calling the then Gunners boss a ‘French f ***’, ‘stupid’ and ‘the dumbest guy on the planet’ in three separate posts.
It’s fair to say the shot-stopper could have some explanation when he arrives in North London. But Runarsson isn’t the only star who has regretted historic tweets.
Sportsmail takes a look at some of the memorable tweets players wish they never sent.
Arsenal transfer target Runar Alex Runarsson has had some of his old tweets dig up by fans
A second tweet, posted in July 2011, described Wenger as ‘stupid’ and a ‘French f ***’
Wenger was once again the subject of Runarsson’s wrath after Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool
Matt Doherty’s new Tottenham signing was forced to delete two old tweets showing that he was an Arsenal supporter.
The defender completed a £ 15 million move from Wolves at the end of August and quickly tried to sideline fans by taking part in a video of him sheepishly taking down the posts.
One read: ‘Yes, I am a HUGE Arsenal fan’, while another said: ‘I love Arsenal forever and ever.’
Doherty isn’t the only player who has previously shown his love for Spurs rival club. In a post since deleted, fellow right-back Serge Aurier tweeted a photo of him wearing an Arsenal home shirt.
Tottenham has released a video showing new hire Matt Doherty deleting old tweets about Arsenal
The defender said on Twitter that he was a big fan of Spurs’ rivals in north London in 2012
Players often get frustrated with referees. Sometimes they vent their anger on the field, sometimes in a post-game interview.
But Ryan Babel took it a step further when Howard Webb angered him in Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester United in 2011.
The Dutchman posted a photo of Webb in a United shirt and wrote: ‘And they call him one of the best referees? That’s a joke. ‘
But it was no laughing matter for the FA that fined the attacker £ 10,000.
Ryan Babel posted a mock-up of referee Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt in 2011
Manchester City defeated Tottenham 3-2 in 2012, but Spurs’ right back Kyle Walker had a message for opposition fans.
He wrote: ‘All the fans of you Man City that you can talk to now won’t be seen until the end of the season. Were you all there when City was nowhere to be seen [sic] #gloryfans’.
Five years later, Walker completed a £ 50 million move to the Etihad.
Kyle Walker criticized Manchester City fans for signing with the club five years later
You’d be forgiven for being a little confused when Joey Barton signed for Burnley in 2015.
The midfielder had spent much of 2014 digging in the city of Lancashire when he was still a player at QPR.
The club had organized an open-top bus parade after securing promotion to the Premier League, but Barton poked fun at some of the empty streets seen on TV.
Then he jibed again and tweeted a photo of a highway full of tractors, writing, ‘Breaking news: apologies to Burnley. Just heard that all the fans are on their way as we talk to see the open top bus. ‘
When a Burnley fan challenged the midfielder about his own side’s record, Barton replied: ‘Maybe we’re c ***. We may be really overrated, but at least we don’t have to live in Burnley! ‘
Joey Barton targeted Burnley by suggesting that fans came to their parade in tractors
When a supporter challenged him, Barton had another pop in town from his future club
Sometimes footballers coming to the Premier League from another country struggle to get to grips with British humor.
West Brom’s attempt to joke at the expense of Marouane Fellaini during their clash with Manchester United did not go down to the Red Devils’ undergoal goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.
The Baggies tweeted: ‘Fellaini has now taken off his tracksuit, luckily he has a Man Utd strip underneath.’
As if by magic, the Belgian eventually scored for United, but that didn’t stop Lindegaard from sharing his anger after the game. He wrote: ‘Complete lack of knowledge, class and respect on Twitter from @WBAFOfficiall on Fellaini!’
But the ‘keeper may wish he hadn’t gotten involved when he signed for the Baggies a year later. Everything seemed to be forgiven when he tweeted: ‘Very happy to have signed with WBA. I can’t wait to get started in my new club. ‘
Anders Lindegaard was not impressed by West Brom’s joke about Marouane Fellaini
But the goalkeeper later signed for the Baggies and seemed to have forgiven their jibe
Predictions for the season are always dangerous, especially when a new manager is involved.
While no one could have expected Leicester to win the Premier League in the 2015-2016 season, Dietmar Hamann’s expectations for the Foxes and Claudio Ranieri were not high.
After the Italian’s appointment, the former Liverpool man wrote: ‘I can’t believe Leicester appointed Ranieri … Great club, great fan base, but I’m afraid MK will follow next season instead of Old Trafford.’
Dietmar Hamann was not impressed with Leicester’s decision to appoint Claudio Ranieri
It’s not entirely clear what Jan Vertonghen was referring to when he posted this tweet in 2012, but it’s fair to say it’s used regularly by Tottenham fans – as well as supporters of other clubs.
The defender tweeted: ‘A small update: we are s ***!’
The Belgian did not feel the need to remove the post and it is still there for fans to retweet or quote as they please.
Jan Vertonghen’s historical tweet is regularly used by fans of Spurs and their rivals
Letting your agent manage your account for you saves you unnecessary stress and eliminates any mistakes – right?
When Christian Benteke signed for Crystal Palace in 2016, fans were somewhat confused to see in his Twitter bio that he was now a player for Burnley.
The striker had to send this update later: ‘Oops my bad fun. Yes, I signed up for CPFC and not Burnley. Sorry for the little mistake, the person who runs my Twitter got a bit confused. ‘
Christian Benteke’s agent did not know the difference between Crystal Palace and Burnley