Leeds United director Edoardo Cellino has been charged by the FA after calling a supporter of the club a “spastic” over social media.
The son of controversial Leeds owner Massimo Cellino reportedly became involved in an abusive row with a fan on Facebook.
The FA said Edoardo Cellino’s charge includes an “aggravated breach” as his comments included a reference to disability.
“It is alleged the comments were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper in contravention of rule E3(1),” an FA statement read.
“It is further alleged that this breach of rule E3(1) is an ‘aggravated breach’ as defined in rule E3(2), as it includes a reference to disability.”
Edoardo Cellino, who later apologised for his comments, has until Monday to respond to the charges.
Protest group Time To Go Massimo welcomed the FA’s action, saying: “As a director of Leeds United, this sort of behaviour is both deplorable and unacceptable towards fans of the Club.
“We are pleased to see the FA taking action against this sort of behaviour, and hope the Club now follow suit.”
Last year Blackpool owner Karl Oysten was given a six-week ban from football after being found guilty of calling a support a “massive retard” in a text message.