Sometimes football teams and players use Twitter as a great outlet to get in touch with football fans and a wider audience on a slightly more personal level. These Q and A sessions have become quite popular over the years and usually go off without a hitch. The likes of Michael Owen have struggled in the past with fans taking it as an opportunity for endless banter to ensue.
Recently Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu did conduct a very well received one while Rio Ferdinand threw an impromptu one earlier in the week to help fend off the boredom of waiting on a train.
However Tottenham Hotspur and Gareth Bale have definitely suffered the most for this ideal. Bale opened up a question and answer session under the tag #spursqanda on Wednesday which unfortunately appeared to become hijacked by Arsenal fans and general mock merchants from the off.
Not much seemed to be off-limits. To his potential resemblance to our more primal cousins, interrogation on any cosmetic work done over the summer and of course the subject of diving certainly came up more than once.
Some even saw it as a great opportunity to simply lay into whoever they want…
Here is a collection of Tweets…
Dear Gareth, did you have your ears pinned back so that you're more aerodynamic when you dive? #SpursQandA— JB (@gunnerpunner) December 19, 2012
How many times have Arsenal won the league at White Hart Lane? #SpursQandA— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) December 19, 2012
#SpursQandA What secret did you give Reading for their 2-5 loss to Arsenal?— VICTOR (@VickGoon) December 19, 2012
#SpursQandA If a tree falls in the middle of a forest and no-one is there to hear... was Brad Friedel older than it?— Mike Edwards (@_MikeEdwards) December 19, 2012
#SpursQandA Who would you say developed you into the person you are today? Harry Redknapp, or Tom Daley?— TotallyArsenal (@TotallyArsenal) December 19, 2012
Who would win in a race? William Gallas or the erosion of the British coastline? #SpursQandA— Luke Ginnelly (@Luke_Ginnelly) December 19, 2012
#spursqanda Can you ask aaron lennon how he gets his tramlines looking so fresh 12 years after anyone else has had them??— Kieran Harris (@kieranharris17) December 19, 2012
#SpursQAndA which dive would you say has been the most important for you in your career so far?— Merteswagger (@RuuAndThatsAll) December 19, 2012
#SpursQAndA Why are Arsenal fans sending you more questions than Spurs fans? are they hiding in the shadows atm?— Josh ~ ⚽ (@MyArsenal_27) December 19, 2012
#SpursQandA Gareth, is it true that the Spurs training ground has a tire swing and monkey bars for you to play on?— FootyHumour (@FootyHumour) December 19, 2012
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