Burnley's Gray given four-match ban

Vickie Mathis
September 23, 2016

"Burnley forward Andre Gray has been suspended for four matches commencing with immediate effect for misconduct in respect of social media comments", read the FA statement.

The Twitter posts, which were dated between 2012 and 2014 were of a sexist and homophobic nature, and to that end the FA has deemed it appropriate to suspend him for four games and fine him £25,000.

He was fined 25,000 pounds ($32,000) and ordered to attend an FA education course.

The striker admitted three charges relating to posts on his Twitter account, but denied a further three, however an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Thursday found Gray guilty of those charges as well.

The tweets, which also contained offensive terms, were posted when Gray was playing for non-league Hinckley United.

"Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing yesterday (22 September 2016), the remaining three breaches were found proven".

Burnley have also released a statement, accepting the verdict and stressing that Gray regrets posting the remarks.

Gray has since apologised for the tweets, saying that he was now a "different person".

Burnley's top scorer in the Championship last season, Gray will miss Monday's Premier League fixture with Watford as well as subsequent matches against Arsenal, Everton and Southampton after his club accepted the punishment.

"We work closely with all of our players, including Andre, on a wide-ranging variety of community programmes and we undertook 300 player appearances last season, which we will be looking to increase in the coming 12 months".

They came to light on August 20, the day he scored his first top-flight goal as he helped Burnley - who he joined from Brentford in 2015 - to a 2-0 win over Liverpool at Turf Moor.

All professional footballers are advised by the PFA and warned by their clubs about the dangers of social media and engaging in ludicrous banter online.

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