Old Trafford and St James’ Park youngsters set for financial punishment.
Federico Macheda and Nile Ranger charged by FA for homophobic Tweets
Manchester United’s Federico Macheda, Newcastle United’s Nile Ranger and Walsall’s Manny Smith have all been charged by the Football Association for alleged homophobic comments on Twitter.
The players are alleged to have acted in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.
Each has until 1600 GMT on Wednesday 29 February to respond to the charges.
West Ham’s Ravel Morrison and ex-Leicester player Michael Ball have recently been fined for similar cases.
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Morrison was fined £7,000 by the FA in February after he admitted a charge of using abusive and/or insulting words on Twitter, including a reference to a person’s sexual orientation.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Good to see the FA taking a bold stance on such behaviour but is a fine, and a fairly small one at that, really going to make a difference? Perhaps repeat offenders should be handed a one match ban, that way clubs may well look to regulate how their players use social networking sites and help minimize the fall-out from their incorrect usage.