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Footballer Ravel Morrison charged for ‘faggot’ tweet

Footballer Ravel Morrison charged for ‘faggot’ tweet

Former Manchester United footballer Ravel Morrison has been charged for allegedly posting a homophobic tweet.

The 19-year-old midfielder, who recently transferred from the world's most famous club to West Ham United, was hauled into a meeting at Britain's Football Association last week and asked to explain himself.

He has now been formally charged by the FA and has until 4pm tomorrow (17 February) to respond.

The garbled message, which was later deleted, read: '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.'

Morrison, who despite his young age gained a reputation as a loose cannon while playing for David Beckham's old team, claimed he tweeted the remark in responce to racist abuse which had been directed at him.

A statement on the FA website read: '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.'

The FA made it clear in a letter to all players that comments on Twitter or other social networking sites which made 'reference to a person’s ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability may be considered aggravated and attract a higher disciplinary sanction.'

Oxford City striker Lee Steele was sacked last month for a homophobic tweet about gay rugby player Gareth Thomas, while former Everton and Manchester City defender Michael Ball was fined £6,000 for calling gay soap star Antony Cotton a 'fucking queer'.