British footballers Nile Ranger and Manny Smith have been fined for homophobic tweets.
The UK's Football Association yesterday (1 March) ordered Newcastle forward Ranger and Walsall’s Smith to pay £6,000 and £1,200 after admitting charges of 'using abusive and/or insulting words' in comments posted on Twitter.
The FA also warned players as to their future conduct.
Manchester United player Federico Macheda was also accused of the same offence, after allegedly saying to a Twitter user called Sam Capps, @cappsy14, ‘shhhhhhh you stupid little gay!’
However, no details of the case involving Macheda, currently on loan at Queen's Park Rangers, were confirmed.
The tweet has since been deleted, as well as the other offending messages.
The FA have said to all players that comments on Twitter or other social networking sites which make '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.'
Morrison was fined £7000 for calling someone a ‘little faggot’, and Ball was forced to pay £6000 for calling soap actor Anthony Cotton a ‘fucking queer’.
The FA have recently launched a new initiative to tackle homophobia and met with David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, and campaign group Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN) at a summit last week.