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Liverpool Footballer Fined $16K for Calling Teammate 'Gay' on Twitter

Liverpool footballer Suso has been fined approximately $16,000 for referring to a teammate as "gay" on Twitter, Sky News reports:

SusoSuso last month posted a photo of Enrique having his teeth whitened with the comment: "What f*** is he doing? This guy is gay... he does everything except play football."

The attacking midfielder later deleted the tweet and uploaded the photo with a different comment: "I dunno what to say..."

Suso has been reprimanded for the remark.

The FA said in a statement: "Following an independent regulatory commission hearing Monday, Liverpool's Jesus Fernandez Saez (Suso) has been fined £10,000 and warned as to his future conduct for a comment posted on Twitter.

"The charge, which the player admitted and requested a paper hearing, was that
he acted in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute in that the comment was posted on his Twitter account and included a reference to a person/s sexual orientation and/or disability."

Enrique defended his teammate: Is amazing how FA can fine my friend Suso Fernandez for a banter thing. Was just a joke!!!’

The photo Suso was referring to in his tweet, AFTER THE JUMP...

Enrique

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  1. hey jose, dumsh*t! its not about whether YOU were offended, its about the example set for fans, especially the young ones. you don't know which of your mates is gay and hiding it for fear of just such comments. in fact, it isn't unusual for the one's flinging the insults to be the gay one, sosa?

    Posted by: bandanajack | Dec 19, 2012 2:15:11 PM


  2. Neither of them even learned anything from the incident. That's just how dumb and self absorbed these overpaid and over-privileged sports players are !

    They wouldn't make racial comments or comments about the disabled but they still think it's OK to make homophobic comments.

    I'm sure he will appeal and get away with it anyway. He's rich enough to get a corrupt lawyer.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Dec 19, 2012 2:59:12 PM


  3. £16,000 to a pro footballer is about the equivalent of fining me a penny

    Posted by: danswon | Dec 19, 2012 3:41:16 PM


  4. The comment is very offensive to gay men. It uses "gay" as exclusive of playing football. I'm sure it didn't offend the straight guy it was targeted at. But it did offend gay fans and players. It's unfortunate that the nature of the offense seems to be missed.

    Posted by: Kyle | Dec 19, 2012 3:49:58 PM


  5. It's bad enough when kids themselves do this, but it's really disturbing to see a grown-up modeling a disparaging use of "gay" to kids. That kind of sh*t contributes to suicides - no joke.

    Posted by: George | Dec 19, 2012 3:56:23 PM


  6. Some gays advocate "If it doesn't fit, force it!" Let's force everything thing we can for acceptance damn it! What about the kids? We need to get to them early. We can't have them killing themselves. Why weren't we so fragile?

    Posted by: Gary | Dec 19, 2012 4:16:14 PM


  7. If we had people like Gary leading the charge to advance LGBT rights, sodomy would still be illegal nationwide. Because we wouldn't want to force the straights to practice tolerance or acceptance, and risk alienating supporters.

    Posted by: MateoM | Dec 19, 2012 4:40:35 PM


  8. Mateom: So you are familiar with the force? Stop tying to police the universe. I don't "lead charges" You're the control freak. Now don't harm yourself. Try living LGBT rather than trying to sell it.

    Posted by: Gary | Dec 19, 2012 4:53:44 PM


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