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FA Charges 3 Players Over Homophobic Tweets

March 1, 2012

The English FA has charged 3 players this week after they made homophobic comments on Twitter.  Federico Macheda (QPR, on loan from Manchester United), Nile Ranger (Newcastle), and Manny Smith (Walsall) were accused of “acting in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute. It is further alleged that the breach included a reference to a person’s or persons’ sexual orientation.”  This action follows the FA’s punishment of Ravel Morrison last week, when the West Ham player was fined  £7,000 and warned of his future conduct.  The players had until 4pm GMT to respond to the charges.

The tweets in question range from possible typo to unquestionable abusive language.  Macheda claims he did not mean to tweet “shhh you stupid little gay”, but “stupid little guy” when responding to a fan on the social media site.  Ranger is being charged with calling a fan “Faggot”, and Smith for responding to a tweet upset with the recent form of Walsall with “ur defo a queer u belend!”

Smith already has apologized for his comments in person and issued the following statement:

“I would like to publicly apologise to Kevin. The comments were borne out of frustration and were tweeted in the heat of the moment. I deeply regret them. I realise that, as a professional sports person, I am a role model and my conduct, both in person and via social networking sites, should reflect this. I met with Kevin in person and apologised to him face-to-face.  I just want to concentrate on my football and help Walsall maintain our League One status. I apologise to all our supporters and everyone connected with the club for this unfortunate incident.”

A spokesperson for the club added: “We would like to place on record our zero tolerance attitude to such behaviour.

“We will be dealing with this matter, in its entirety, internally with guidance from the various governing bodies.”

Sources: [BBC Sport] [Pink Paper]

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