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Burnley striker Andre Gray facing possible ban after being charged by the FA over vile tweets

Burnley's Andre Gray has apologised over homophobic tweets he sent in 2012
Burnley's Andre Gray has apologised over homophobic tweets he sent in 2012

Samuel Lovett

The FA have charged Andre Gray with misconduct for homophobic comments the Burnley striker made on social media four years ago.

The tweets, which date back to January 2012 when Gray was playing for non-league Hinckley United, 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, some of which appeared to condone killing gay people, 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.

The incident comes just a month after he criticised two Burnley fans for racism during a pre-season friendly.

In a statement made on Saturday night, Gray said he was now a "completely different person" to the one who posted those messages and he did not "hold the beliefs written in those tweets”.

"I want to offer a sincere and unreserved apology to anybody I may have offended in relation to these tweets,” Gray said.

An FA statement read: "Burnley's Andre Gray has been charged with misconduct in respect of social media comments made between 9 January 2012 and 11 March 2012.

"It is alleged the comments were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3(1).

"It is further alleged that these breaches include reference to an "aggravating factor", namely, sexual orientation and/or gender and/or colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3(2).

"The player has until 6pm on Wednesday 31 August 2016 to respond to the charge."

(© Independent News Service)

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