Professional footballers in this modern day and age are often expert operators of the social networking website Twitter - with some taking a real precedent at the top of the pile.
One player who is a popular figure on the site, and is often interacting with his own followers is Arsenal star Emmanuel Frimpong.
Frimpong, something of a cult hero because of his ‘DENCH’ clothing line and ‘Frimponged’ tackling style, can often be seen bantering with his own followers - and those who are fans of rival teams.
But when he posted a rather innocent looking post on the site last night I doubt he thought it would cause such a storm.
Chelsea were defeated in the UEFA Super Cup last night, one of the most exciting curtain raisers to UEFA Competition in recent memory, as Bayern Munich triumphed on penalties.
Frimpong, like most football fans, was glued to his television scream for 120-plus minutes as Chelsea ran the European Champions all the way - only for Romelu Lukaku’s tame penalty to be saved by Manuel Neuer.
After the game the Ghanaian international, who spent the end of last season out on loan at Chelsea’s local rivals Fulham, tweeted this in response to the final score:
Leaveit Chelsea unlucky goodnight xxx— Emmanuel Frimpong (@IAMFRIMPONG26) August 30, 2013
Now maybe I am out of touch with the lingo, but I read that simply as one professional expressing his sympathy and appreciation for his peer’s wonderful attempt at toppling the mighty Bayern - but that sentiment was not shared.
Chelsea fans felt it was a sarcastic remark from the 21-year-old midfielder, and they could be right, and they let Frimpong know exactly how they felt … with most of the responses probably to colourful for a place in what I hope is a light-hearted article (check out his Twitter profile here to read for yourself).
And Frimpong started it all off again later in the evening with this tongue-in-cheek Tweet:
I don't get people UNO all I said if unlucky Chelsea and am getting abused reporting all ur Abusers to the FA— Emmanuel Frimpong (@IAMFRIMPONG26) August 30, 2013
Now if only Frimpong can make a similar impact on the football field to the impact he has on Twitter, Arsenal fans will soon be asking Mathieu who???
image: © Ronnie Macdonald