Reigning European and World champions Spain have banned their players from using social networks during Euro 2012.
Manager Vincete del Bosque wants his players to be fully focused on the task at hand as they battle to retain their crown.
Barcelona player Cesc Fabregas tweeted in English on June 1: ‘From today we are not allowed to use social networks, I wish that the next picture I post will be with the Euro Cup. See you soon!’
Shhhh: Spanish players will not be allowed to use social networks during the tournament
Chelsea’s Juan Mata and Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso are other frequent users of Twitter and will have to curtail their networking whilst at the tournament.
Facebook is another popular social networking website which will players will not be permitted to update.
But Spain are not the first; Denmark’s football federation (DBU) has also blocked the national team from updating while competing.
Concentrate: Vincente del Bosque wants his men to focus on the task at hand
A spokesman for the DBU said they wanted the ’24-7 open microphone’ which Twitter and its ilk present needed to be shut down.
Danish Sports minister Uffe Elbaek’s initial reaction was that it might be ‘a violation of the freedom of speech’.
English players will be allowed to continue Tweeting during the Euros but the FA will give them guidelines to follow to ensure they do not cause any trouble during the tournament.