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Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has become the first professional footballer to be censured for comments made on the social networking site Twitter after the Football Association fined the Dutch international £10,000 for posting a mocked-up picture of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt.

The 24 year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of improper conduct at an FA hearing at Wembley on Monday.

As well as the fine, Babel was warned as to his future conduct for posting the picture and criticising Webb’s performance in Liverpool’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford earlier this month. He wrote: “And they call him one of the best referees? That’s a joke. SMH [shaking my head].

Though Babel apologised for his remarks almost immediately, regulatory commission chairman Roger Burden on Monday insisted the punishment fitted the player’s irresponsibility in making derogatory comments in a public setting.

“Social network sites, like Twitter, must be regarded as being in the public domain,” said Burden. “All participants need to be aware, in the same way as if making a public statement in other forms of media, that any comments would be transmitted to a wider audience. It is their responsibility to ensure only appropriate comments are used.”

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