Using the suggestion that Manchester City forgot your birthday, as Yaya Toure's agent appears to have done, is a pretty flimsy excuse to want to leave a football club, and Twitter has been having great fun at the Ivory Coast midfielder's expense.
Toure himself has been quiet on the social-media site in the last few days—but talk of him has been loud. And #ReasonsYayaWantsToLeaveCity has taken a life of its own as people mock the feeble reason behind reports he wants out of the club.
Here are the best tweets doing the rounds:
#ReasonsYayaWantsToLeaveCity He wanted to wear the 'Why Always Me?' shirt but Balotelli got there first— Shane Higgs (@shanelthiggs) May 20, 2014
Manchester City stopped doing curly fries in the club canteen. #ReasonsYayaWantsToLeaveCity— The SPORT Bible (@TSBible) May 20, 2014
Samir Nasri told him that he couldn't come to his bouncy-castle birthday party #ReasonsYayaWantsToLeaveCity— Sam Price (@SamPrice23) May 20, 2014
Man City stopped giving the players free milk in the mornings! #ReasonsYayaWantsToLeaveCity— Jordan Wilson (@Pudding92) May 20, 2014
Manuel Pellegrini didn't notice his new haircut #ReasonsYayaWantsToLeaveCity— NOW TV Sport (@NOWTVSport) May 20, 2014
He wasn't allowed to take the club gerbil home in the Easter holidays #ReasonsYaYaWantsToLeaveCity— TerrenceTheCat (@TerrenceTheCat) May 20, 2014
And is there a lesson to all of this? How about to be careful when you are doing birthday wishes on social media?
Can we just take a second to wish @PetrCech & Iker Casillas a very happy birthday? We'd advise their clubs to do the same, and quick— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) May 20, 2014