World Cup Player's Banned From Social Media

With all the buzz going around about the 2010 World Cup, we just thought we’d give everyone an interesting update we all found at

During this year’s FIFA World Cup games in South Africa, players on several competing teams will be unable to tweet, poke, buzz, check-in, like or in any other way make their presence known on the social web.

It’s not uncommon for coaches to ban sex or alcohol during the World Cup, but increasingly, they’re also instituting ad hoc bans on social media sites, including Twitter.

So far, players on the teams from Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Holland, Germany, Argentina and England are forbidden to use social services such as Twitter. One coach, Marcelo Bielsa of Chile, banned all social networking and even put a curfew on regular or non-social Internet use during the evening.

In the U.S., similar bans have been enacted over the past year during the American football season and basketball season. Players in the NFL, for example, are prohibited from using social media during all games and for a 90-minute period prior-to and following a game. Moreover, players are not allowed to have someone else post an update or tweet on their behalf.

As the World Cup-related hashtags trend on Twitter and millions of people around the world use the web to tune into and talk about these matches, do you think it’s a bit unfair that the players themselves aren’t allowed to participate in this conversation? Or are these strict coaches doing us all a favor by keeping their players focused? Let us know what you think in the comments.