Tuesday 27 September 2016

Coventry's Chris Stokes penalised for posting homophobic remark on Twitter

Published 10/06/2016 | 10:56

Chris Stokes will serve a one-game ban and attend an FA education course
Chris Stokes will serve a one-game ban and attend an FA education course

Coventry defender Chris Stokes has been handed a one-game ban and fined £1,000 by the Football Association for posting a homophobic remark on Twitter.

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Stokes, 25, will also attend an FA education course after he admitted breaching FA Rules which relate to the use of social media.

"After an internal club and FA investigation, Coventry City defender Chris Stokes will receive a one match suspension and (is) ordered to attend an FA education course after he admitted breaching FA Rules which relate to the use of social media," Coventry said in a statement on their official website.

"The penalty is in relation to an incident that took place in May, when commenting on the Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Tottenham via Twitter.

"Stokes has been charged for a remark he made which was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper. It was further alleged that it was an 'aggravated breach' as it included a reference to sexual orientation.

"Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Tuesday (June 7) Stokes has been also fined £1,000.

"Coventry City FC expect the highest level of professionalism from our players as we're a family club and we want our players to act as role models in the Coventry and Warwickshire community.

"Stokes has received training from representatives from Kick It Out and Coventry City FC will continue to work alongside all members of the club to ensure they are versed in proper conduct."

Stokes sent a message on Twitter towards Chelsea and Tottenham players during their 2-2 draw on May 2. The result confirmed Leicester as Premier League champions.

Stokes tweeted: "This games embarrassing to watch! Bunch of f*****s".

He later posted an apology on Twitter, and in a May 3 statement said on Coventry's website: "I'd like to apologise for any offence I've caused.

"It was a brainless moment from me and I'm really disappointed in myself for using that term, I'm not homophobic at all. However, I know it is not acceptable by any means and I'm really sorry to any of our supporters or anyone in the wider public who have been offended by the remark."

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