Football - Hughton warning over social media

Norwich manager Chris Hughton has warned footballers to be wary of social media after defender Ryan Bennett fell foul of his Twitter account.

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Bennett has been disciplined by the club and charged with misconduct by the Football Association over comments made on the social network.

The 23-year-old has closed his account after being involved in some heated exchanges with supporters on the micro-blogging site, responding to one following Norwich's defeat at Arsenal with: "I'll finish you in a couple of seconds."

Hughton confirmed it would not affect him selecting Bennett for Saturday's encounter against Stoke but said: "We have a policy at the club (on social media) so it's been dealt with at club level.

"It is an issue which is being dealt with by the FA but it's a reminder to those who decide to go on Twitter that when somebody like Ryan Bennett, who is a smashing lad, can have a charge pending then it can happen to anybody. If there needs to be a warning to anybody then it's there."

Hughton believes a win against Stoke would ensure Premier League safety for 13th-placed Norwich but has warned his side against any complacency on meeting a side who have become a stable force in the top flight.

"We're expecting a very tough game," said Hughton.

"It's always a real tough place to go. If we as a club are in a position where Stoke have been for the last seven years we would be delighted. The job (Stoke manager) Tony Pulis has done there has been tremendous. It's a model for teams like ourselves who have got promotion.

"What you definitely want is that type of stability, to become a mainstay in the division.

"It's always very difficult to become a top 10 team with the finances Premier League teams have but to have that stability is what we all want."

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