Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that Remi Garde should've stepped in to resolve the Joleon Lescott situation at Aston Villa.
Villa's relegation to the Championship moved one step closer on Sunday afternoon, as they were embarrassingly hammered 6-0 by Liverpool at Villa Park.
It was a frankly humiliating defeat for Villa, and fans were already disgruntled before defender Joleon Lescott took to Twitter after the game.
The veteran defender, who endured a difficult time against Liverpool, tweeted out a picture of an expensive car, enraging supporters before issuing an apology later in the day, suggesting that the photo was posted accidentally, as seen below.
The situation surrounding Lescott's Twitter faux pas has again stoked the debate about whether managers should ban their players from using Twitter, given the amount of problems that arise from it.
Lescott has become public enemy No. 1 for Villa fans after this incident, and now former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has had his say on the issue.
Keown has told the Daily Mail that he would take a 'dim view' on Lescott's tweeting, and even added that manager Remi Garde - a former Gunners team-mate - should have stepped in and told Lescott to stay off social for an extended period of time, as Lescott then had a heated argument with a fan on Instagram, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.
"With Joleon Lescott’s tweet last weekend, I would have taken a dim view of it," said Keown. "It may well have been an accident and gone off in his pocket, but now it’s happened and you can’t erase it. And it’s instances like that which can alienate fans – you don’t ever want to be rubbing their noses in it, especially after such a bad result."
"Then to become involved in a spat, I can’t understand that. Perhaps Remi Garde could have stepped in and told him to cool it off social media for 10 days or so and ask him not respond. Lescott has never struck me as that kind of individual, somebody who likes to show off and be flashy, he’s always been quite low key. Maybe it should have stayed that way," he added.
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