Twitter apologises for mocking Man Utd defender Phil Jones

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Twitter has issued an apology to Manchester United defender Phil Jones after a post from the company’s official UK account mocked the player.

Twitter claims “being the target of online abuse is not easy to deal with” on a dedicated help page about coping and reporting abuse.

Yet on Tuesday, the social media network engaged in such behaviour when aiming a dig at the defender, with its verified @TwitterUK account posting: “Name a better footballer than Phil Jones.”

United are believed to have complained to Twitter about the post which was later deleted, with the network apologising to both the club and player.

A Twitter spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Our aim was to showcase our new product feature, conversation controls, which allows you to select who can reply to a Tweet.

‘It was not our intention to cause upset and once we realised our mistake, we immediately deleted the Tweet.’

Phil Jones has endured a difficult campaign and even missed out on United’s Europa League finals squad with an ankle injury.

He last played for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in January’s FA Cup fourth round victory at Tranmere, scoring the fourth goal in the 6-0 win.

‘Phil has been following an individualised training programme during the post-lockdown period to optimise recovery from a knee problem,’ United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said last week.

‘It was a good opportunity as we had sufficient cover in defensive positions for the remaining Premier League games and he will continue to work with a fitness coach at the Aon Training Complex, while the squad are in Germany.’


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