Tweeting to the story: Illness in the Arsenal camp effecting International sides

Sky Sports News presenter Charlotte Jackson has revealed on her Twitter account this morning that both Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie have withdrawn from their respective international sides friendlies this Wednesday. Jackson first revealed that the Dutch star Van Persie would withdraw from the Holland squad for their game against Austria due to a case of flu. Less than twenty minutes later she announced that Arsenal skipper Fabregas was also to withdraw from the Spanish squad for their game aginst Columbia.

This is set to spark yet more debate in the club vs country debate, with the timeliness of this virus in the Arsenal camp. It is lucky for both the Spanish and the Dutch that this week only brings international friendlies, rather than Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Journalists can use Twitter as an extremely effective tool for finding a news story, particularly in sport journalism. With celebrities and sports stars tweeting constantly about their lives, it is possible for a story to escalate from Twitter. This is seen when Liverpool footballer Ryan Babel posted a picture of a referee wearing a Manchester United shirt, after a questionable decision.

But it is not only the sports stars that use Twitter. Politicians and most people of importance use the social networking tool for many reasons. It could be considered as the new way of socialising. Journalists have always needed to socialise with people of importance to make contacts and pick up leads… Could Twitter replace the local pub?

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