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Bolton player gets phone confiscated over Twitter & Facebook 'obsession'

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bolton Wanderers striker Marvin Sordell had been deprived of his phone in a bid to overcome his addiction to social media.

A screenshot of Marvin Sordell's Twitter page
A screenshot of Marvin Sordell's Twitter page

Photo: @MarvinSordell

While Facebook and Twitter can be useful in aiding the occasional revolution, it can also be the downfall of the occasional public figure.

Realizing how destructive social media can be to a young footballer, Bolton have decided to take action in defending Sordell from what they fear could be a growing addiction to social media.

The 21-year-old has failed to live up to expectations since moving from Watford last season, with Bolton manager Dougie Freedman fearing Sordell's addiction Twitter and Facebook is inhibiting his development.

Freedman said: "There have been small issues off the field with his tweeting.

"It could be bordering on an obsession with Twitter and Facebook and all the things that go on with these kids.

"We are now trying to work with Marvin — by taking his phone off him."

But Freedman dismissed rumours Sordell, who has struggled to settle down in the northern town, would be leaving the Reebok Stadium.

He added: "He's never had a problem on the field. He works very hard at training, he's fit.

"We have just got to get him settled down and help him with some of the off-the-field antics."

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