Published On: Wed, Aug 24th, 2016

FA charges Burnley's Gray over homophobic tweets from 2012

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The Football Association (FA) announced Tuesday that Burnley striker Andre Gray has been charged with misconduct, after homophobic and derogatory tweets he sent in 2012 emerged in recent days.

The tweets in question, which have since been deleted, suggested that Gray condoned the killing of homosexuals. Per the BBC, one read: “Is it me or are there gays everywhere? #Burn #Die #Makesmesick.”

The FA released the following statement outlining its decision to charge the 25-year-old:

“It is alleged the comments were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3(1),” read the statement.

“It is further alleged that these breaches include reference to an ‘aggravating factor’, namely, sexual orientation and/or gender and/or colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3(2).”

Gray, who issued an apology for his offensive comments, has until Wednesday to respond to the charge.

Related: Burnley’s Andre Gray apologises for homophobic tweets

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