Footballers' Jives

More UK Soccer Players Charged For Anti-Gay Tweets

Three British football soccer players have been charged with sending homophobic tweets, and may face stiff fines for doing so.

The UK’s Soccer Football Association says Nile Ranger, Manny Smith, and Federico Macheda (right) all recently sent messages containing anti-gay slurs on Twitter. The players have until 4pm today to respond to the allegations.

Say the charges:

“Newcastle United’s Nile Ranger, Walsall’s Manny Smith and Manchester United’s Federico Macheda, currently on loan at Queens Park Rangers, have all been charged with improper conduct in relation to comments made on Twitter.

“The charge is that the players acted in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute. It is further alleged that the breach included a reference to a person’s or persons’ sexual orientation.”

Smith’s charges stem from an incident two weeks ago when he called a fan a “queer” in a tweet before issuing a quick apology.

Another player, Ravel Morrison, faced similar charges earlier this month, which resulted in a fine of £7,000 (about $11,150).

The charges all come amid a recently launched campaign by the Football Association to help stamp out homophobia within the league.

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