Networking not an issue for TP

Last updated : 13 January 2011 By BBC Sport

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has said he will not stop any of his players from using social networking websites.Striker Tuncay posted a video of his favourite goals on Facebook, which some media outlets believe was an effort to engineer a move away from the club.

"If they want to do it, that's up to them," Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke and 5 Live. "I can't be leaning over telling them what they can and can't do.

"It's very, very difficult at times, but boys will be boys."

Several Stoke players, including Tuncay and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, are regular users of Twitter, while captain Ryan Shawcross used the site to pledge his future to the club earlier this season.

On Monday, Liverpool striker Ryan Babel became the first player to be charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for comments made on Twitter.

Babel linked to a mocked-up picture of referee Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt after the Reds lost 1-0 to United in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The link was removed soon afterwards and Babel subsequently apologised.

Tuncay joined Stoke from Middlesbrough for £5m in August 2009 and has scored eight goals in 53 appearances for the Potters, including three in 16 games this season.

The Turkey international scored the equaliser in Stoke's FA Cup third-round tie against Cardiff at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, which ended as a 1-1 draw.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport