SHEFFIELD United will not ban their players from using social media ahead of Sunday’s Steel City derby.
The decision comes despite several members of Danny Wilson’s squad expressing their irritation at messages posted on Twitter during the aftermath of October’s meeting with Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane.
However, United confirmed last night they have no intention of issuing a diktat preventing staff from using such sites before their visit to Hillsborough.
“We always encourage interaction between the football club and its supporters,” a spokesperson for United’s communications department said. “We view these mediums as a very positive tool. So long as everyone involved uses it in a professional, responsible and respectful manner then we don’t have any problems with it whatsoever.
“With this in mind, nobody is prohibited from getting involved if they so wish.”
United, who enter the game second in the League One table, will move eight points clear of their third-placed rivals should they win this weekend’s eagerly-anticipated contest.
But Wednesday, who came back from two goals down to snatch a draw when these teams met earlier this season, know a home victory would increase the pressure on United when they play the first of their two matches in hand against Scunthorpe next week.
Meanwhile, Huddersfield Town, who slipped to fourth when they were beaten by Wilson’s side eight days ago, make their first outing under new manager Simon Grayson when Exeter City travel to the Galpharm Stadium on Saturday.
Wilson said: “Whatever happens, nothing is over in this division by a long chalk. There is still a large number of games to go and a lot of points to play for so we’ve got to stay concentrated and focused.”