Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott has condemned players who use Twitter to criticise referees after games, claiming they are “only digging holes for themselves.”
Walcott was referring to his Arsenal team mate, Jack Wilshire, who turned to the social networking site to complain about decisions made by Phil Dowd during the gunners game with Newcastle at the weekend, where they threw away a four goal lead to draw 4-4.
Walcott added, ”There’s no point whingeing about referees after games. It’s not going to change the result.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion but you have to be careful what you do in your personal life.”
Wilshire was lucky not to face any FA disciplinary action, after they decided not to take any action against the player, who had quickly taken the comments down.
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Walcott added: “I don’t tweet myself, I really don’t have a clue what it’s all about. It doesn’t really interest me.”
Walcott went on to defend Wilshire, who has been in good form this season, and joins Theo in the England squad to face Denmark.
“Jack will be fine,” stated Walcott.
“He has got confidence, is playing week in and week out for Arsenal with no fear. Jack is gifted in his left foot and is an absolute dream to play with.
“If he gets the chance I am sure he will grab it with both hands.”