Three footballers charged by FA over alleged homophobic tweets

gay spotThree footballers have been charged by the Football Association for allegedly posting homophobic tweets on Twitter.

Pink News reports that the three footballers are Nile Ranger, Manny Smith and Federico Macheda who have allegedly posted homophobic comments on Twitter despite high profile recent cases of several other players who were disciplined for such actions.

“Newcastle United’s Nile Ranger, Walsall’s Manny Smith and Manchester United’s Federico Macheda, currently on loan at Queens Park Rangers, have all been charged with improper conduct in relation to comments made on Twitter. The charge is that the players acted in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute. It is further alleged that the breach included a reference to a person’s or persons’ sexual orientation.” Statement from the FA

The three players have until tomorrow to respond to the charges. The FA has recently launched a new anti-homophobia campaign tackle homophobia within the sport. However, several players have recently hit the headlines for posting homophobic comments on Twitter.

West Ham player Ravel Morrison was fined £7000 by the FA earlier this month for posting a homophobic comment online. Leicester City footballer Michael Ball was fined £6000 by the FA  for a comment about the gay soap actor Anthony Cotton during his appearance on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Lee Steele was dismissed from Oxford City football club after comments he made about the openly gay rugby player Gareth Thomas during his stint in Channel Five‘s Celebrity Big Brother.

Football has not only been blight by accusations of homophobia in recent months but also with racism claims with several high profile incidents bringing the sport into disrepute. {jcomments off}