Yer man says "Pundits must be free to pass judgement on players, managers and events, otherwise they are obsolete. Using the laws of the game and a player's disciplinary record to back up their arguments is perfectly legitimate."
If we accept this argument,then players and managers must be equally free to call out a pundit for what they say or write and use their background and agenda to back up their argument as well.
Pundits and journalists are paid for their opinions, players aren't, but they do have careers, reputations and families to consider. Therefore IMO all pundits/journalists and commentators are absolutely fair game to receive both barrels from any aggrieved player or manager. If you believe pundits have the rights to voice their opinion, then you must accept that players also have the same right, If you are going to dish it out, then expect to get it back in spades.
The press need to grow a pair and HTFU.