Danny Coles troubled use of social media has been highlighted on a number of occasions in the last 8 months, and this week has been no different for the former Exeter City captain. Having been reprimanded by the Club for his ‘implied’ use of the ‘C’ word on Jimmy Keohane’s Instagram account this week, he has come out and defended himself.
Exeter City are currently in Brazil celebrating Brazil’s centenary, and Danny Coles has taken the opportunity to speak to BBC Radio Devon about his reprimand. Completing ignoring that many people find the ‘c’ word as a reference to female genitalia highly offensive, Coles said:-
It was a complete bit of banter between two friends. If I’m having a bit of banter with one of my mates which I think is not getting publicly seen, I don’t see it as a problem. Jimmy’s not got a problem with it, no-one else in the photos has got a problem with it, so I don’t see why anyone else should.
I made a big mistake on the Twitter one and I apologised for that. That was to a supporter which I deeply regret doing. The banter in the football industry is different to the regular world and I genuinely didn’t think anyone else was going to see it. I’m sure a lot of people will jump on the bandwagon and want to get me punished for it, but if that was the case it would be harsh to be honest with you.
Here is the story on his reprimand publicly http://www.exeweb.com/2014/07/23/danny-coles-reprimanded-for-social-media-use-again/ and the report of his disciplinary case for abusing City fans on Twitter http://www.exeweb.com/2014/07/08/danny-coles-transfer-listed/
Danny Coles also criticised fans back in December when criticising them for the chant directed towards Paul Tisdale of “You Don’t know what you’re doing” http://www.exeweb.com/2013/12/01/fans-verdict-on-tisdale-you-dont-know-what-youre-doing/
Disappointingly the club have never said anything publicly about Liam Sercombe abusing fans and going as far as using homophobic abuse when describing Exeter City fans as faggots.
Much still needs to be learned by the Exeter City FC and it’s players about the use of social media.