Support The Moscow Times!

Fabio Capello Ban on Social Media Not Official, Russian Striker Says

Italian trainer Fabio Capello has a reputation as a disciplinarian.

Striker Maxim Kanunnikov has denied reports the Russian national football team have been banned from using social media ahead of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, a news report said.

Editor-in-chief of sports website Sport-Express.ru, Artur Petrosyan, said Tuesday on his Twitter account native Italian trainer Fabio Capello had forbidden the players from using social networking sites ahead of the tournament.

"No Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for 23 Russian players going to Brazil. The ban starts today," Petrosyan tweeted Tuesday.

Sports journalist Dimi Simonov, who works with Petrosyan, commented on the tweet saying the ban was unofficial, but confirmed players had been made aware of the request.

But when asked by a Sports-Express reporter whether the ban made him feel "uncomfortable," Kanunnikov denied such a rule was being enforced.

"He has not told anyone personally," Kanunnikov said, Sports-Express reported Wednesday. "The topic has been discussed but it is not categorically forbidden," he said.

Capello, who has a reputation as a disciplinarian, reportedly tried to enact a social media ban as leader of the England national team ahead of the World Cup in 2010, forbidding players from using Twitter and Facebook or publishing columns for newspapers or magazines, Britain's The Telegraph reported.

It was reported that Capello blamed social networking sites for information leaks and did not think they were a necessity for professional athletes.

England players were also banned from wearing flip-flops and shorts in public, as the manager thought they looked sloppy and unprofessional, and bringing their mobile phones to training sessions, so as to avoid distractions, The Telegraph reported.

See also:

Sports Minister Says Political Stability Makes Russia Better World Cup Host Than Brazil

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more