The Football Association with has fined West Ham player Ravel Morrison £7,000 a recent ‘homophobic’ comment online.
The midfielder, who only joined West Ham in January and is yet to play a game for the club, was accused of making a violently-worded gay slur on the social website Twitter after suffering a racist comment from a non-famous fellow user.
The regulating football body said Morrison has been “warned as to his future conduct after he admitted a charge of using abusive and/or insulting words including a reference to a person’s sexual orientation”.
In response to an apparent racist comment, which also suggested the teenage midfielder was addicted to drugs, Morrison 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 FA found the comment to breach their rules, stating,“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.”
Morrison has a three and a half year deal with West Ham, having joined the club at the end of January this year.
The Football Association’s crackdown on homophobia follows a number of recent incidents 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 and in January Oxford City football club sacked player Lee Steele after making an anti-gay remark about former rugby player Gareth Thomas.