Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has come out and said following the latest incident with striker Mario Balotelli that social media creates a problem with players.

Reds front man Balotelli was charged on Friday for an offensive anti-Semetic image posted to his Instagram account for which he later apologized.

“Given the choice we’d love to keep all our players away from social media because it really is a problem,” Ayre told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek.

“I can honestly say there isn’t any more we could do as a club to try to educate our players around this but it still rears its head at least once a season – probably at every club in some form or another.”

“One of the problems that all footballers have had for many a year is that they have too much time to kill,” added Ayre.

“In that downtime they seem to put these crazy sort of messages up. It is definitely an issue.

“I don’t think we have got to the point where we would stop people doing it but we certainly have a very stringent policy that all of our players sign.

“If they step out of line then we punish them.”