Babel faces rap after United shirt Twitter blunder
Published 20:00 09/01/11 By David Maddock
Ryan Babel faces an FA probe after putting a mock-up picture of referee Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt on his twitter page.
The official awarded the Old Trafford side a controversial penalty after just 30 seconds, and then sent Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard off in a combustible FA Cup tie between the two great rivals.
Afterwards, Babel called the decisions a joke, and pasted the doctored picture on his site, to register his disgust at the referee.
And that could lead him to an improper conduct charge, with the FA ready to investigate the matter this morning.
If found guilty he faces a fine or even a ban, and a spokesman for the FA confirmed last night they were aware of the apparent slur on twitter - which clearly suggests Webb is biased towards the Manchester club - when he said:
“We are aware of the picture and will be in contact with the player and the club, but will not take a view until we have reviewed the matter in the morning.”
Liverpool refused to comment on the matter, but a spokesman said that all their players have been given clear guidance on the use of social networking sites.