How Premier League stars are paying a lawyer to delete old social media messages

Premier League stars have resorted to paying lawyers to delete old social media posts which could cause controversy.

Declan Rice recently made headlines after pro-IRA tweets from 2015 as he prepared to make his England debut.

He is not the first player to fall foul of old comments being dug up.

Andre Gray was forced to apologise for homophobic tweets posted during his time with non-league Hinckley United in 2012 after he hit a rich vein of Premier League form with Burnley in 2016.

England women’s boss Phil Neville was also criticised for a series of sexist posts just before he was unveiled as the new national manager.

A report from iNews has now revealed how players are aiming to avoid similar incidents happening to them by deploying lawyers to audit their social media accounts.

Pro-IRA tweets emerged from Declan Rice just before his England debut

Matt Himsworth, founder and director of law firm Himsworth Scott, revealed: “For every Declan Rice there are probably 10 other players who have worked with agents or clubs to delete or do a ‘tidy up’, as we call it,”

“The younger generations aren’t really using Facebook , so they tend to gravitate towards Twitter or more likely Instagram now.”

According to Himsworth, he was approached by a Premier League player after a January move and opted to bulk delete all tweets from the 9,000 tweet account not posted in the last year as they dated back to his teenage days and did not want to take any risks.

Andre Gray has also had to apologise for old tweets in the past

A young player who made his Premier League debut this season also had potentially embarrassing old tweets discovered and erased.

It seems players are starting to take matters into their own hands as the auditing of social media remains a grey area in the industry.

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