WIGAN Athetic have been forced to specify which of their players’ and staff’s Twitter accounts are genuine due to the alarming number of fake ones being set up.
Over the last few months, a growing number of pages have claimed to belong to stars such as Shaun Maloney, Ronnie Stam, Gary Caldwell, Antolin Alcaraz and even manager Roberto Martinez.
While Twitter does allow parody accounts, which must clearly state what they are, there is a blanket ban on those which claim to be genuine.
One imposter even claimed to be the club’s head of media, Ed Jones, and managed to send a link out to the wrong football club altogether, directing fans to Oldham Athletic’s page and not Wigan Athletic’s.
Twitter accounts of high profile people are usually accompanied by a blue verification tick but not all Wigan Athletic’s players are marked up as such.
As a result, the club moved to inform fans of the genuine accounts in a bid to guide supporters away from fake ones.
A statement on Latics’ website said: “Due to a number of fake player and club official Twitter accounts appearing recently, the club wish to confirm which players and staff have genuine Twitter pages.
“We are also working with Twitter to ensure that all first team player accounts have the blue verification tick and we can confirm that all of the following accounts are the genuine accounts of the players.”
@LaticsOfficial - This is the main club account
@PhoenixBlueWAFC - (Team Latics mascots)
@joelroblesb (Joel Robles)
@jamesmccarthy_4 (James McCarthy)
@fdisanto9 (Franco Di Santo)
@mikepollitt12 (Mike Pollitt)
@leeenicholls (Lee Nicholls)
@jordigomez14 (Jordi Gomez)
@cm_macca (Callum McManaman)
@JamesMcArthur16 (James McArthur)
@EmmersonBoyce is Emmerson Boyce’s account
@mauroboselli (Mauro Boselli)
@f_fyvie (Fraser Fyvie
@ramis496 (Ivan Ramis)
@putifargolobart (Roman Golobart)
@alialhabsi (Ali Al Habsi)
@dannyredmond (Danny Redmond)
@dnouha (Nouha Dicko)
@wiggydoggy (Rob Kiernan)
@maynorf31 (Maynor Figueroa)
@JJacksonWAFC (Jonathan Jackson - Chief Executive)
@StuartHayton72 (Stuart Hayton - Football Secretary)
@StewartFrodsham (Stewart Frodsham - Webmaster)
@PaulChialton (Paul Chialton - Media Officer)
@NickTaylor14 (Nick Taylor - Club Journalist)
@AClarkWAFC (Antony Clark - Sales Director)
@D_Twigg (David Twigg - Marketing Executive)