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Leeds suspend player for badly-spelt, ‘offensive’ Tweet

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Leeds have suspended winger Ryan Hall after launching an inquiry into a "disciplinary issue" concerning the player.

The 25-year-old has spent the last month on loan at Sheffield United, for whom he has made five appearances, with his spell at Bramall Lane scheduled to expire on Tuesday.

It is believed the suspension is related to a Tweet that Hall made on his official account boasting about still getting "payed" (sic) despite not playing.

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A brief Leeds statement read: "Leeds United can confirm that Ryan Hall has been suspended from the club pending an investigation into a disciplinary issue.

"No further comment will be made at this stage."

Hall arrived at Leeds from Southend in October last year when Neil Warnock was in charge at Elland Road.

The former Crystal Palace trainee made only two starts and three substitute appearances for Leeds last season and has failed to appear for the first team during the current campaign.

While at Palace, where he featured only once for the first team, Hall had loan spells at Dagenham and Crawley before joining non-league Bromley. He signed for Southend in July 2010 and made over 100 appearances in total for the Shrimpers.

It is not the first time that a footballer has dropped himself in it with an offensive or crude Tweet, while even coaches are not immune.

Arsenal were forced to investigate, "as a matter of urgency", whether academy coach Mark Arber bet on the signing of Mesut Ozil after the former Dagenham and Redbridge player posted a Tweet that suggested he had bet on the move.

Most famously, Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole posted a foul-mouthed Tweet about the FA, describing the governing body as a "bunch of t***s".

However, while there are many examples of footballers being made to look silly and disrespectful on Twitter, we must not forget the incredible kindness of Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings, who sorted a fan out with a ticket for a game after he was told he could not afford to go.

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