Ravel Morrison latest football player to face probe into anti-gay comments

The Football Association with has charged West Ham player Ravel Morrison for making insulting comments. The action follows a seemingly anit-gay message by the footballer on Twitter.

The midfielder, who only joined West Ham in January, has been accused of making a violently-worded gay slur on the social website after suffering a racist comment from a non-famous fellow user.

In response to the comment directed at Morrison, which also suggested the West Ham player was addicted to drugs, he tweeted, “Crack head? Go suck out u little faggot your a guy that talks if u see me you try slap me I’m in manchester every week.”

The Football Association’s crackdown on homophobia follows high profile campaigns to unite the sport. Last June the Sports Charter was launched and earlier this month it was announced all Premier League clubs had signed up to the equality charter.

“The Premier League and our member clubs believe that everyone should be able to participate in, watch and enjoy sport – whoever they are and whatever their background.” Said Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the Premier League, adding, “We are pleased to reaffirm our commitment with each of our clubs signing the charter.”

However Morrison is just another name added to the list of recent issues concerning footballers and negative gay comments.

Leicester City footballer Michael Ball was fined by the FA in January for an anti-gay comment also on Twitter. The £6000 fine, described as being issued for ‘bringing the game into disrepute’, followed a comment Ball made over Coronation Street personality Antony Cotton saying “’That fucking queer. Get back to your sewing machine in Corrie, you moaning bastard.”

Earlier last month Oxford City football club sacked player Lee Steele when he tweeted “I wouldn’t fancy the bed next to Gareth Thomas #padlockeda**ehole’.” In reference to the former rugby player appearing in Celebrity Big Brother. The football club said the dismissal of Steele was due to his actions not fitting with “the ethos of the club.”

Ravel Morrison has until the 17th of February to respond to the Football Association over his online comments. The body said in a statement, “West Ham United’s Ravel Morrison has been charged under FA Rule E3 for use of abusive and/or insulting words including a reference to a person’s sexual orientation.”

It isn’t the first time Morrision has been in trouble. Last year he was fined £1,445 to cover costs and compensation in a legal case which saw him admit two counts of witness intimidation.

Nearly 3000 individuals and clubs have signed up to the Sports Charter, however for some players it seems they tweet first and think later.