Alex Mowatt runs into trouble on social media as a section of Leeds fans take exception to his post

Alex Mowatt

Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt says he can understand why some players refrain from using social media.

Footballers and social media are often a potent combination, and Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt found out about the pitfalls the hard way.

Mowatt is just 20-years-old and living his dream at starring for the club after a breakthrough season in 2014/15.

He posted a photo, since deleted, on his Twitter page of a player wearing the number 10 shirt he now holds as his own - expressing his amazement at how far he had come.

One problem. The picture was of Harry Kewell.

The Australian is largely despised among Leeds supporters despite his on pitch heroics for the club, offending the fan base to a point of no return by joining Galatasaray, whose fans had killed two Leeds fans in the lead up to a UEFA Cup tie in 2000.

Mowatt received criticism for his post, deleted the tweet, and sent out two more expressing both his dismay, and stating his view that ir was no surprise some players stayed away from social media.

Many Leeds fans were supportive of the fact it was just an innocent message, a little naive yes, but the youngster meant no harm.

Mowatt retweeted the following message onto his Twitter page, as if to defend himself.

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