Liverpool chief Ian Ayre would like to ban social media after Mario Balotelli Instagram post

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The Liverpool chief executive is not a fan of his players using social media, especially considering how much they get into trouble.

Liverpool have had some trouble this week with social media. Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was at the centre of his storm after the Italian was charged with re-posting an image that contained racist and anti-Semitic references on Friday by the FA.

Not long after and Alberto Moreno found himself in hot water for a post about Chelsea. He soon cleared that one up as a hoax.

But Liverpool have previous with social media problems. Who can forget Ryan Babel posting an image of Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt.

Then there is Suso, who got in trouble for a comment he made in relation to team-mate Suso in 2012. This Balotelli incident is certainly not the first problem Liverpool have had with social media.

Now the Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has been speaking about the issue, insisting that if he had his way, players would be banned from using Twitter, Instagram and the like.

He told BBC Radio 5 live:

"Given the choice we'd love to keep all our players away from social media because it really is a problem.

"I can honestly say there isn't any more we could do as a club to try to educate our players around this but it still rears its head at least once a season - probably at every club in some form or another.

"One of the problems that all footballers have had for many a year is that they have too much time to kill. In that downtime they seem to put these crazy sort of messages up. It is definitely an issue.

"I don't think we have got to the point where we would stop people doing it but we certainly have a very stringent policy that all of our players sign.

"If they step out of line then we punish them."

Indeed Liverpool cannot stop their players from using social media and the like. Plenty of the Liverpool players use the likes of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and are within their rights to do so.

But you can understand Ayre's position as time and time again players naively get the club dragged through mud.

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