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Federico Macheda handed £15k fine for gay slur on Twitter

Federico-MachedaWhen are these players ever going to learn?! Ex-United starlet Ravel Morrison, now with West Ham, was also handed a fine for a similar jibe on Twitter recently. I’m starting to read reports that some high-profile sportsmen are hiring PR firms to manage their social media platforms and I can see why.

The following article is courtesy of the Daily Mail.

Federico Macheda has become the highest profile player to be censured under the FA’s new campaign to stamp out homophobic behaviour in football.

The Manchester United striker, on loan at QPR, was fined £15,000 for a comment he posted on Twitter.

The 20-year-old Italian asked for a personal hearing to defend his actions but admitted the offence.

He has now closed down his Twitter page – he is also facing a club inquiry over comments posted on Saturday which appeared to suggest he was angry at being dropped from the side that played Everton.

The FA launched their campaign, called ‘Opening doors and joining in’, two weeks ago and within days lodged charges against Macheda, Newcastle’s Nile Ranger and Manny Smith, of Walsall.

On Thursday Ranger was fined £6,000 and Smith £1,200, but Macheda’s personal hearing meant his case was delayed.

An FA statement read: ‘Federico Macheda has been fined £15,000 and warned as to his future conduct after he admitted use of an abusive and/or insulting word including a reference to a person’s sexual orientation.’

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