FA to charge Gray for his racist tweet

LONDON • The Football Association's charge sheet against Andre Gray has been extended to include another potentially offensive message on the Twitter account that has left the Burnley striker facing the possibility of a considerable ban.

Gray has already been charged because of a slew of homophobic and sexist slurs made from Jan 9 to March 11, 2012, but it has now emerged the FA is also taking disciplinary action against a post from July 2014 that begins: "I hate lightys!"

"Lighty" is slang, often used in a derogatory sense, to describe a light-skinned person of mixed race.

The FA's disciplinary department has included that in the case against the striker.

Gray has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond to the FA's charge of improper conduct and the "aggravating factor" that his comments refer to "sexual orientation and/or gender and/or colour and/or race".

The statutory punishment for abuse of this nature on the pitch would be five matches but that does not apply to online comments.

Gray deleted his Twitter account on Saturday.

The 25-year-old, who was playing for non-league Hinckley United in 2012, apologised last fortnight in a statement saying he had "worked incredibly hard to completely transform my life since that time".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2016, with the headline 'FA to charge Gray for his racist tweet'. Print Edition | Subscribe