Grimsby Town: Joe Colbeck Twitter fine was disproportionate, says Paul Hurst
PAUL Hurst feels Joe Colbeck's punishment for comments made on Twitter was disproportionate.
As revealed on Wednesday, the Grimsby Town winger was fined £1,500 for a tweet made earlier this season.
And joint boss Hurst believes that is a harsh sanction for a player at Blue Square Bet Premier level.
"The fine he got wasn't justified in relation to what Joe earns," said Hurst.
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"Some Premier League players get fined for certain comments and we live in a very politically correct environment now where sometimes things can get taken the wrong way.
"I don't think he put much thought into the comment. I can't remember exactly what he said – it was something to do with an X-Factor judge, which sums it up really.
"It amazes me what people can say on Twitter and Facebook, and then because you're a sportsman you're not allowed to say that.
"I don't buy into this roles models and icons idea. He's at Grimsby Town – how many people are really going to be following him? I find it a bit harsh, but the FA are obviously looking to clamp down on it. He's had to take it on the chin and move on.
"They've got people monitoring the players, which is a job in itself with how many professionals are out there, and I wonder how much money that person is being paid."