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Footballer Marvin Sordell's phone confiscated to curb Twitter 'obsession'

Marvin Sordell has an "obsession" with Twitter, according to his manager at Bolton. Photo: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

A footballer has had his phone taken off him in a bid to curb his "obsession" with Twitter.

Marvin Sordell, 21, moved from Watford to Bolton Wanderers last season and his manager admitted that the forward has struggled to adapt to his new club.

Bolton's manager Dougie Freedman told BBC Radio Manchester:

It has been quite a move for him and he’s not quite settled.

There have been small issues off the field with his tweeting, let’s not hide, and we’re trying to deal with it.

It could be bordering on an obsession with Twitter and Facebook and all the things that go on with these kids.

– Dougie Freedman, Bolton Wanderers manager

Sordell, who was part to the Team GB football squad for the 2012 Olympics, has just under 25,000 followers on Twitter.

Marvin Sordell represented Team GB during the Olympics. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive

He has tweeted 5,305 times - with his last message sent on January 3.

Freedman said the club are trying to help him with his "off-the-field antics" and hopes the £3.2 million signing will come good for Bolton.

We are trying to work with him - by taking his phone off him.

He’s never had a problem on the field. He works very hard at training, he’s fit, and against Premier League opposition I thought he did reasonably well.

We have just got to get him settled down and help him with some of the off-the-field antics.

– Dougie Freedman, Bolton Wanderers manager

In October, Sordell tweeted that he and his teammates had been racially abused during a Championship game against Millwall.

The London club banned a 13-year-old boy from their ground but the striker gained unwanted attention and received more racist abuse on the social networking site.

An offensive banner directed at the young footballer was unveiled by Millwall fans during their home match against Derby in November.