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Andre Gray has been punished by the FA.

Andre Gray suspended for homophobic Twitter posts

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Andre Gray has been punished by the FA for comments he made on Twitter in 2012.

The Burnley striker has received a four-game suspension and a fine of £25,000 for homophobic tweets that recently resurfaced.

Gray has also been ordered to attend a one-to-one FA education course.

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The tweets appeared on social media after Gray scored in Burnley’s 2-0 win over Liverpool in August. The 25-year-old appeared to condone the killing of gay people.

One read: “Is it me or are there gays everywhere? #Burn #Die #Makesmesick".

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He was charged with bringing the game into disrepute and will now miss the Claret’s next four matches.

“Gray himself regrets the posts and has pledged, in an apology, to continue to improve, both as a person and role model to others,” a statement on Burnley’s website said.

“We believe this charge, regarding historical social media posts, should now also serve as a warning to all professional footballers, and participants in the wider sporting field.”

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Gray's apology 

Gray issued an apology last month after the tweets were highlighted.

“I would like to respond to media reports with regards to previous tweets posted from my Twitter account.

"Firstly, I want to offer a sincere and unreserved apology to anybody I may have offended in relation to these tweets. The tweets were posted four years ago when I was a completely different person to the man I am now. I was at a very different point in my life back then - one that I've worked hard to move on from.

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"Thankfully a lot has changed in my life since then. I have experienced a lot over the past four years and have had to take responsibility for a number of things in my life which has enabled me to mature and grow as a person since that time.

"I have a lot of regrets regarding a number of things I've done in the past and realise I have made some big mistakes, none more so than these tweets, but I would like to stress that I've worked incredibly hard to completely transform my life since that time.

"To clarify, I do not hold the beliefs written in those tweets whatsoever. I can assure everybody that I am absolutely not homophobic and as said previously I can only apologise and ask for forgiveness to anyone I offended.

"Thankfully I am not the guy I was back then and will continue to work hard both on and off the pitch to become a better person."

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