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Sunderland's Bent Twitters no more!

Sunderland striker Darren Bent has quit Twitter as it was becoming a distraction. Bent regularly used the social-networking site to post comments on his private life, which included an F-word rant at Tottenham regarding delays over his move to Sunderland last summer.

The 26-year-old also used Twitter to vent his anger after his mum was racially abused prior to the 1-0 defeat at Wigan at the end of November.

"I had a good chat with the manager recently and I just thought with the run we're on at the moment, I needed to get rid of the distractions," Bent told the Sunderland Echo.

"I have to solely focus on getting Sunderland out of the relegation battle and I have shut the Twitter down.

"I don't even go on it any more to look at what other people are posting.

"My friends are still on there and they keep me up to date, but I felt for me, it's run its course and I should get out of it.

"I've not stepped back because anything that's been said on Twitter to me or about me.

"People were writing stories in the papers about me from what I put on Twitter. There was a lot made of it.

"It became a distraction I didn't need. I thought I would fully concentrate on the football."

Boss Steve Bruce is delighted with Bent, stating: "It's the right decision by Darren.

"When things aren't going too well for your team especially, it's a good thing to be seen to be focusing entirely on your football."

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