English Footballer Chris Stokes Tweets about ‘Faggots’, Gets Suspended and Fined

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An English soccer player who posted a homophobic remark on Twitter received a one-match suspension and will have to pay a £1000 fine (approx. $1430) to the English Football Association (FA). He will also have to attend an FA education course.

stokes125-year-old Chris Stokes, who plays for the Coventry City in England, apparently didn’t like a match between Chelsea and Tottenham he watched in May and decided that Twitter was a good place to vent. He called the players a “bunch of faggots”.

Coventry City wasn’t a big fan of the remark and opened an internal investigation. It didn’t go well for the defender.

Friday, the club posted on its website that Stokes was “charged for a remark he made which was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper. It was further alleged that it was an “Aggravated Breach” as it included a reference to sexual orientation.” It concluded stating that “Coventry City FC expect the highest level of professionalism from our players as we’re a family club and we want our players to act as role models in the Coventry and Warwickshire community”.

It also announced it on Twitter:

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Stokes claims he had no idea that the term was homophobic or offensive, of course. He quickly tried to fix the situation with two follow-up tweets, as reported by the Gay Star News:

I’d like to apologise for a term used in an earlier tweet. I didn’t realise what the term meant and was shocked when people pointed it out.

— chris stokes (@stokesy1991) May 2, 2016

It’s unacceptable and it won’t happen again, I am very sorry if I’ve caused offence to anyone.

— chris stokes (@stokesy1991) May 2, 2016

Soon after that, he deleted his account:

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In February, Ivory Coast-born player Serge Aurier was suspended indefinitely by his team Paris Saint-Germain after using homophobic language to insult his coach.

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