Football Association of Ireland to introduce Twitter code of conduct for players

FAI to introduce Twitter code of conduct for players
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The Football Association of Ireland are keen to introduce a Twitter code of conduct for its players.

The Football Association of Ireland has started looking into bringing in a code of conduct for Republic of Ireland internationals that use Twitter.

The move comes after West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long appeared to refer to caretaker manager Noel King as a "cowboy" on the social media site when he was left out of the team to face Germany and Kazakhstan in the last week.

Wigan Athletic winger James McClean found himself in trouble earlier in the campaign after sending an insulting tweet about then-boss Giovanni Trapattoni for leaving him out of the opening match of the qualifying campaign.

The FAI wants to introduce a set of rules preventing players from posting outbursts on Twitter, similar to those in operation at clubs.

Ireland´s headcoach Noel King reacts during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Group C qualifying football match Germany vs Republic of Ireland in Cologne, western Germany on October 11, 2013
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