If you’re anything like me, you can probably think of a couple people off the top of your head that have been the victim of a breakup via an IM, a Facebook inbox, a phone call, etc. Is it fair to say that if you’re going to break up with someone, you owe them the common courtesy of doing so face-to-face?
Apparently, Al Wasl, a soccer team in the United Arab Emirates, does not share my view on break ups. Argentinean soccer legend Diego Maradonna recently told Goal.com that the club informed him that he was fired via Twitter! Ouch.
Ignoring for a moment that Maradonna is one of the greatest players of all time, the simple fact that he learned of his termination through the grapevine in 140 characters is a bit ridiculous. Sure, Al Wasl’s season didn’t exactly glow in the dark, but how much can Maradonna, or any coach for that matter, be expected to accomplish in one quick season?
Of course, Al Wasl’s Vice President Mohammed Bin Dukhan is vehemently denying Maradonna’s claim. According to Bin Dukhan, the soccer legend was notified by the Argentine embassy. Perhaps the message got lost in translation (pun intended). Regardless, this is a case-in-point of Marshall McLuhan’s claim that the medium is the message.
So the next time someone close to you has their heartbreak delivered electronically, gently explain that it could be much worse. As for Maradonna, my personal recommendation is to search for new coaching opportunities on LinkedIn.