Davies Warns Bolton Players of Twitter Abuse

  • November 14, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton captain Kevin Davies believes players should avoid social networking websites such as Twitter.

The Wanderers captain was a regular user of the service until last year, when he was regularly sent abusive comments in the aftermath of the club's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Stoke City, a result many had failed to predict - click here to view.

The latest high profile incident involves racial abuse directed towards Marvin Sordell and Davies admits players can help themselves by boycotting social media outlets.

"If it was me, I would advise not to go on it," Davies told The Bolton News.

"I enjoyed my time on it because it gave you the opportunity to have conversations with fans and people and charities - that was fantastic, but when it gets to the point where you get abuse and stuff, I think it can play on your mind, it can affect you.

"If you're not sleeping at night, wondering what you're going to be waking up to, I don't think you really gain anything out of being on there.

"People say it's only 'the 1%', but 1% of 180,000 people following me, that's still a lot of stick to be getting. If you get family and things brought into it like that, I just don't think you need that in your life.

"After the semi-finals and stuff I was hurting, and everyone else was, and it just comes to a point where you're constantly checking, wondering if you're getting stick.

"Why do you need that? Just concentrate on your football. What you are gaining out of it as a 21 or 22-year-old, I don't know.

"I came off it and I felt a big weight off my shoulders because you're constantly having to wonder what you're tweeting or having to justify yourself."

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