Local cricket: Club get social media warning

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Players at five of South Yorkshire’s leading cricket clubs are among those warned by their league it will not tolerate misuse of social media.

Those who offend could find themselves suspended and the ECB Yorkshire League (YL) have told clubs they will be prepared to act.

A player in a neighbouring league, the ECB Derbyshire Premier League, was recently banned for three years (one of which was suspended) and five others received shorter bans for misuse of social media sites, ie Twitter and Facebook.

The player who received the long ban had tweeted, or repeated, damaging and/or defamatory material.

Steve Ward, YL chairman, says his league “will not tolerate any misuse of social media” and added: “Clubs are asked to convey this message to all its players and officials.

“Our league will use ECB Disciplinary Procedures to deal with any issues that come to light.”

Sheffield Collegiate, Sheffield Utd, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster are among clubs to get the warning.