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In the age of transparency, one workers’ union leader has already ruffled feathers by tweeting updates from negotiations with employers. Now…

In the age of transparency, one workers’ union leader has already ruffled feathers by tweeting updates from negotiations with employers. Now, some soccer sides participating in this summer’s upcoming World Cup 2010 don’t want their tactics similarly laid bare for all, including opponents, to see.

Football associations of England and Spain are prohibiting their teams players from saying anything via outlets like Twitter and Facebook during the tournament, BBC Sport says it’s learned – though The First Post had the story back in January.

As we reported last summer, tweeting sports stars have previously aggravated Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace, Australia’s cricket team, Miami Doplhins, Greenbay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. Spooked, Manchester United has already had its players remove their social profiles.

But, while the latest measures may be regarded by many as targeting social networks specifically, they are equally designed just to focus players’ minds on the task at hand – the football associations are also prohibiting players from penning newspaper columns.

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  1. While I am a big advocate of transparency and openness I see where the big football orgs are coming from. Any insight into a team’s prep to a big match could provide an advantage to an opponent. Personally, I don’t tweet about big buisness pitches or deals my company is working on (I’m sure my boss and CEO would have my head on a platter if I did). Don’t expect anything diff from football players. Their games are like our big client projects/meetings, etc. But, it must be annoying for players who have built themselves up as ‘brands’. Milly Diaz – blog.tamar.com

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