New Forest boss bans Twitter and Facebook
Published 21:45 17/10/11 By John Percy
Steve Cotterill has banned his Nottingham Forest players from using Twitter – but Ishamel Miller will escape a £21,000 fine.
The new Forest boss read the riot act to his strugglers and warned that anyone caught using any social-networking site to talk about club matters will be fined.
Cotterill insists offenders will lose £1,000-a-word, although striker Miller is set to avoid punishment as the rules came in on Monday.
Miller infuriated fans after Saturday’s defeat to Coventry by telling critics to “f*** off” before deleting his tweet.
But Cotterill – whose first game is at home to high-flying Middlesbrough on Tuesday – will be tough as he attempts to guide Forest away from the drop zone.
He said: “I had a rule at Portsmouth that no players could use Twitter or Facebook to talk about the club, team-mates or fans. Otherwise they got fined £1,000-a-word.
"None of them ended up putting over £1,000.
“If someone wants to write a nice paragraph, 20 words in it will cost them about £20,000 – so I don’t anticipate it happening again.”