Belfast Telegraph

McDermott defuses Twitter row

Reading manager Brian McDermott is sure there is no unrest within the dressing room following a Twitter outburst by Adam Federici's girlfriend.

The Australian goalkeeper was dropped for Sunday's home match with Tottenham, with Alex McCarthy playing in his place.

Federici's partner took to her now-deleted Twitter account after the 3-1 defeat to express her disappointment at McDermott's decision, leading the Reading boss to calm talk of problems behind the scene. He said: "There's nothing I can do about someone's Twitter feed."

McDermott added: "I can't help what players or their girlfriends put on Twitter - if that's the case, then it's a shame.

"The fact of the matter is that I spoke to Adam and made a decision that Alex McCarthy was going to play. No player at the club has a position that means they will play every week - no player."

In her online rant, Micaela Gardner wrote: "Football has left me feeling totally numb and empty inside! For once I have NO explanation! #noloyalty #absolutejoke."

She may have been referring to Federici`s absence despite his long service to the club, but McDermott added: "Adam Federici has done fantastic for me and I know him really well as a person and player.

"He works really hard, but things haven't gone his way at the start of the season so Alex has come into the team. It's no different for a full-back, centre-half or striker.

"If there is Twitter stuff going on and there are emotional messages then there is not a lot I can do about that. I'm not one of these managers that says you will get fined £1,000 for going on Twitter."


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