Some four-year-old homophobic tweets have come back to haunt Burnley striker Andre Gray.
The 25-year-old footballer has been suspended for four games by the Football Association for posts he wrote back in 2012 which came to light in August.
The ban is immediate.
Gray posted the tweets while he was playing for non-league Hinckley United.
The association states that six postings on Gray’s Twitter account were ‘abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.’
They included ‘a reference to sexual orientation and/or gender and/or color and/or race contrary.’
Gray admitted to three of the breaches.
An association statement reads: ‘Gray himself regrets the posts and has pledged, in an apology, to continue to improve, both as a person and role model to others. We believe this charge, regarding historical social media posts, should now also serve as a warning to all professional footballers, and participants in the wider sporting field.’