Foden and his team APPROVED his social media post calling out Mbappe

Phil Foden and his team APPROVED his social media post calling out Kylian Mbappe in advance, say the company he’s cut ties with over Twitter clanger, in defiant response to Man City star’s fury at their use of his accounts

  • The company that formerly ran Phil Foden’s Twitter say tweets were approved 
  • Foden was left furious with a tweet that tagged PSG star Kylian Mbappe 
  • The 20-year-old parted ways with Ten Toes Media over the Twitter clanger
  • However, they have claimed that all tweets are approved in advance of posting 

Phil Foden and his team approved of the social media post that challenged Kylian Mbappe, claim the company that managed the Manchester City star’s online accounts following the Twitter clanger this week.

Foden, 20, was reportedly left furious following City’s Champions League quarter-final win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night  after a tweet from his account asked PSG star Mbappe ‘are you ready?’ ahead of their semi-final clash.

The youngster was not impressed with the post, one that was not deemed to reflect his personality, and the decision was taken on Thursday to part ways with Ten Toes Media.

The company formerly employed to run Phil Foden’s social media accounts have claimed the Twitter clanger that saw them part ways was approved in advance by his team 

Foden was furious with a tweet sent after the win at Dortmund, which tagged Kylian Mbappe

However, the London-based company have responded to Foden’s decision to sever ties, claiming that they adopt a policy ‘which requires all posts to be approved in advance by the talent/representative’.

‘We are saddened with the current situation’, a statement published on Friday read.

‘Since the company was founded we have adopted a process which requires all posts to be approved in advance by the talent/representative – no exceptions.

‘They always have been approved – that has been true for 4 years and is still true today. 

However, Ten Toes Media claim that all posts are approved in advance by talent/representative

‘Phil Foden is a special person and footballer and we wish him the very best going forward.’

Foden has almost 500,000 followers on Twitter and has worked with Ten Toes Media for much of his short career.

The company list Harry Kane, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Victor Lindelof as clients.

Their website describes how they ‘put in place rigorous plans for each client and expertly execute them via social media posting, on-strategy PR and the best media collaborations’.

The London-based company list footballers Victor Lindelof (L) and Harry Kane (R) as clients

Gary Neville tweeted on Thursday about Foden’s tweet and players running their accounts

The tweet sent on behalf of Foden did not strike the right tone, however, and was subsequently deleted before midnight after City’s progression to the Champions League semi-final.

Foden feared it was seen as throwing down the gauntlet to Mbappe, whom he faces in the French capital for the first leg on April 28.

Sportsmail revealed on Thursday night that footballers are forking out between £1,000 and £4,000 a month to firms to handle their social media activity. 

The amount players pay varies based on what level of service is required.

Industry sources have indicated that some players have no involvement with their own social media accounts at all, despite the fact it can take a matter of seconds to compose a post. 

Sportsmail understands that stars spend between £1k and £4k to firms running their accounts

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has urged football stars to run their own social media accounts, warning that ‘independent thought and authenticity is at stake’.  

‘I mentioned on here a few weeks ago about players having their accounts run by social media companies. Lads run your own accounts!’ he wrote on Twitter.

‘Your independent thought and authenticity is at stake. It’s your voice, not anyone else’s. Morning by the way. Go and attack the hell out of.’

Neville had previously highlighted several England players posting almost identical messages following a win over Albania during the last international break in March. 

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