Ryan Bertrand is not expected to face disciplinary action after issuing a foul-mouthed message on Twitter, the Daily Telegraph has reported, but the Football Association will speak with the Chelsea and England full-back.
Bertrand reacted to media reports that he had pulled out of the England squad to play San Marino with a sore throat by seeking to clarify that he had an illness more severe than a simple sore throat. But in doing so, Bertrand used a hashtag containing an expletive, the same day as his Chelsea and England teammate Ashley Cole admitted an FA charge for a similar offence.
The 23-year-old’s outburst comes in the same week the FA chairman, David Bernstein, announced the implementation of a code of conduct for England footballers, including rules on their use of Twitter and punishments for any indiscretions.
Bertrand is nevertheless expected to escape sanction for a lesser offence than Cole, while Bertrand’s speedy deletion of the offending tweet and subsequent apology are also factors in his favour.
England manager Roy Hodgson said on the matter: “I think his sentiments were laudable, in telling you how much he wants to play for England, but his choice of words was wrong.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be without Italy international Fabio Borini for up to two months after the Italy international was found to have a broken foot after complaining of pain in his right foot while on national team duty, the Liverpool Echo has reported.
Borini moved to Liverpool from Roma over the summer, signing in at Anfield for a fee of just over £10m, having previously worked with Rodgers during a brief loan spell at Swansea City while a contracted Chelsea player. Borini has yet to score for his new club in any of his five appearances.
The injury to Borini leaves Luis Suarez as the only senior striker available to Rodgers, the Echo notes.
Following the loan departure of Andy Carroll to West Ham United, Liverpool attempted to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham but were unable to agree a deal with the Cottagers, and Dempsey instead moved to Tottenham Hotspur. That means Rodgers will be forced to turn to youngsters to supplement his attack, if need be.
Roy Hodgson has called for his England players to act with maturity and behave themselves after a series of high-profile incidents involving internationals in recent weeks, ESPN has reported.
In the aftermath of the John Terry suspension and the written report into the case that questioned the evidence offered by Ashley Cole, Cole responded with an abusive tweet and was subsequently charged by the Football Association.
Another Chelsea player, Ryan Bertrand, also resorted to profanity on the social networking site when he was irritated by reports he had pulled out of the England squad because of a sore throat. Both Cole and Bertrand have since apologised.
A code of conduct for England players is to be introduced by the FA, part of which will govern how Twitter is used, laying out clear guidelines as well as punishments for when a player uses the forum in a manner unbecoming of an England international.
Hodgson said: “When we behave well, we can do a lot of good. When we behave badly… and this week, we have had a couple of big reminders. The FA are very keen to make certain we continue the style we had in the Euros – which was compared favourably to some of the things that happened previously.”