Burnley’s Gray charged by FA over four-year-old tweets

Ian Watson

The Football Association has charged Burnley striker Andre Gray for the homophobic tweets he sent in 2012 which were shared across social media on the weekend he scored his first Premier League goal.

Gray, 25, issued an apology on Saturday evening after social media posts he made when he was a non-league player four years ago resurfaced in the aftermath of his strike against Liverpool at Turf Moor.

In one tweet, Gray had written: “Is it me or are there gays everywhere? #Burn #Die #Makesmesick”

An FA statement read: “Burnley’s Andre Gray has been charged with misconduct in respect of social media comments made between 9 January 2012 and 11 March 2012.

“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).

“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).

“The player has until 6pm on Wednesday 31 August 2016 to respond to the charge.”