Claire Scott blogs on Brodies EmploymentBlog about the importance of employee social media policies, following footballer Ashley Cole’s recent tweet about the FA’s findings in relation to the John Terry/Rio Ferdinand incident.

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The issue of employees’ use of social media has been brought back into focus following the Football Association’s decision to charge Ashley Cole with misconduct in relation to a Twitter comment he made about football’s governing body. Ashley Cole’s club Chelsea have also said he may face disciplinary proceedings.

The offending tweet which can be seen at http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/19857353 was in response to an Independent FA Commission’s finding that John Terry was guilty of making abusive and insulting comments to Anton Ferdinand, which included a reference to his race, during a match between Chelsea and QPR in October 2011. In reaching their decision, the Commission called into question the evidence that had been given to it by Mr Cole.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport, former England player Graeme Le Saux commented that the FA must make players aware “there are consequences” for inappropriate use of social media.

The FA’s…

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