Footballers – such as Dele Alli, Wayne Rooney and Paul Pogba – have shown off their trips to exotic locations such as China, the Caribbean and America this summer.
But their foreign exploits also alert criminals that their homes are empty.
Today four men were jailed for a total of 27 years and 11 months for carrying out seven burglaries.
“We are having to tell our players to tone down their social media posts”
Insider at a top Premier League side
The break-ins included a £400,000 raid on Aston Villa defender John Terry’s home after the former Chelsea captain put pictures of his ski holiday with his wife Toni on Instagram.
Now concerned club bosses have ordered their stars to stop posting their every movement online.
An insider at a top Premier League side said: “We are having to tell our players to tone down their social media posts.
“We know several of our players have excellent relationships with their Instagram followers but it’s becoming dangerous.
“We have seen numerous examples of players’ homes being ransacked when they are away, either on holiday during pre-season or on club and international duty. The last thing we need is to alert thieves when houses are more at risk.”
The social media blackfollows a string of attacks on players’ homes in the last few years on stars such as Steven Gerrard, Thierry Henry and Dirk Kuyt.
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On each occasion the player had been playing abroad for their clubs when the thieves pounced.
The new warning comes after four men were jailed today for ransacking Terry’s £5million home.
Darren Eastaugh, 30, Joshua Sumer, 27, Roy Head, 28, and Oliver Hart, 25, all admitted conspiracy to commit burglary.
Kye Hardy-King, 25, also pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods and was given a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years.
Their haul included jewellery worth £219,300 and a £42,000 handbag.
Judge Susan Tapping told Kingston Crown Court: “It might have been a mistake to post a family photograph on social media to show he was away on holiday.
“As a result his home was deliberately targeted.”