Phil Foden has sacked his social media company after a now-deleted tweet was sent from the Manchester City midfielder's official Twitter account appearing to call out Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.
Foden scored the winner as City beat Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday to advance to the semi-finals of the Champions League where they take on Paris Saint-Germain. After the game, the company that runs Foden's Twitter account wrote: "@KMbappe are you ready?" and added a handshake emoji.
Foden and his representatives were left "dismayed and disappointed" by the tweet which was deleted soon thereafter. The Daily Telegraph reported that "after careful consideration", Foden decided to part ways with Ten Toes Media - the company behind the tweet.
The Daily Mail reported that some players are paying as much as £4,000 a month to outsource their social media activity. Former Manchester United star Gary Neville, who runs his own popular Twitter account, urged footballers to take control of their accounts, instead of hiring a firm to manage them.
“I mentioned on here a few weeks ago about players having their accounts run by social media companies,” he tweeted. “Lads run your own accounts! You’re independent thought and authenticity is at stake. It’s your voice, not anyone else’s. Morning by the way. Go and attack the hell out of it.”