Newcastle right-back Danny Simpson says he wants to return to social media website Twitter, in order to communicate with some of his most loyal fans.
Simpson was one of the early members of the Toon team to join Twitter and built a following of 140,000 on the website – often posting pictures of himself and fellow team-mates.
However, the former Manchester United defender was forced off Twitter after a tirade of abuse following the magpies’ 2-1 defeat at Arsenal earlier this season. Simpson decided to take a throw-in high up the pitch in the fourth minute of injury time at the Emirates, the result of which was a late winning goal for Arsenal.
In the week when striker Papiss Cisse has joined the website to speak to fans, Simpson has been reflecting on his Twitter stint.
He’s told the Daily Mirror:
“I am off it [Twitter] at the moment. I think I will have it again one day, but with seven big games to go I am staying away.”
Simpson explained how personal criticism from fans hurt him after the Arsenal defeat – considering the players were as gutted as the fans.
“After the Arsenal game, you should have seen the dressing room – it was like we had lost a cup final. I was sick. Gutted.”
“Then you get on the coach, you have a long journey back and you turn the phone on and you sit there reading all that stuff.”
“We are only human at the end of the day. You just do your best.”
The 25-year old who has started every game this season and is statistically the best right-back in the country feels as though the decision to leave Twitter was justified.
“I have had some positives from it, and I enjoyed interacting with the fans but there was no point in putting myself through that. I was already down and that made it worst.”
The likes of Yohan Cabaye, Tim Krul and Demba Ba are on the social media website and tweet out their views from time to time. You can see a full list of Toon players on Twitter by clicking HERE.
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