Andre Gray has released a statement apologising for homophobic tweets he sent in 2012.
The tweets resurfaced after the striker scored in Burnley’s 2-0 win against Liverpool.
One of the messages from Gray’s account appears to condone killing gay people.
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The 25-year-old received a barrage of criticism in the wake of the tweets, which he has since claimed were made “four years ago when I was a completely different person”.
Gray stressed that he is not homophobic and asked for forgiveness.
One of Gray’s tweets read: “Is it me or are there gays everywhere? #Burn #Die #Makesmesick”.
He played for non-league outfit Hinckley United at the time he sent the tweets, and his rise since has been a vertical one.
Campaign group Stonewall condemned the tweets, claiming that they prove homophobia remains a problem a sport.
"While these tweets are of course historic, unfortunately homophobic attitudes and language continue to be an issue in sport, whether that's on the pitch, in the terraces or on social media," a spokesperson said, per the BBC.
"It's extremely important that we work together to kick these attitudes out of sport, and create supportive and inclusive environments that enable everyone to feel accepted without exception."
Burnley are also expected to make a statement.
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