Friday 17 November 2017

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

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.

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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