Thursday 29 September 2016

Burnley goal hero slammed on social media for old vile tweets calling for 'gays to burn and die'

Published 20/08/2016 | 20:09

Burnley's Andre Gray celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates
Burnley's Andre Gray celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates

Burnley will make a statement in due course after homophobic posts from striker Andre Gray's personal Twitter account were shared widely on social media.

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The tweets, which date back to 2012, began to resurface following the 25-year-old’s goal in a 2-0 Premier League win over Liverpool on Saturday.

Several of the offensive messages were subsequently deleted. One read: "Is it me or are there gays everywhere? #Burn #Die #Makesmesick".

Another read: “Ladies stop dressin ur sons as women in heels and make up. Do you want him to end up like #PeteBurns #F****”

Gray’s tweets have received widespread condemnation from social media users, people inside football and LGBT organisations.

Burnley have confirmed to The Independent that a statement will be made by the club in due course.

Robert Huth, the Leicester City defender, was handed a two-match suspension by the Football Association in January 2015 after publishing transphobic messages on Twitter.

Huth, then at Stoke City, was also fined £15,000 and ordered to complete a mandatory education course.

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