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Reds' Suso fined for gay slur

2012-12-18 17:24

London - Liverpool forward Suso was fined £10 000 on Tuesday after labelling team-mate Jose Enrique "gay" on Twitter.

Suso sparked protests last month when he posted a photo on the micro-blogging website of Reds defender Enrique having his teeth whitened and added a tweet which read: "What f**k is he doing? This guy is gay...he does everything except play football."

He later deleted the tweet and uploaded the photo with a different comment, saying: "I dunno what to say..."

But the Football Association took exception to Suso's orginal comment and handed out the fine, while also warning the 19-year-old about his future conduct.

The FA said in a statement: "Following an independent regulatory commission hearing yesterday (Monday, December 17 2012), 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."

Suso had made a promising start to his Liverpool career after moving to Anfield from Cadiz in the close-season.

The Spain Under-21 international has made 13 appearances for Brendan Rodgers's side, including six starts in the English Premier League.

AFP

Comments
  • sharmilen.naidoo - 2012-12-19 08:29

    What's new? Guess he's taking lessons from Suarez.

      aadil.esack - 2012-12-19 08:39

      they are VERY close team mates, especially since both are spanish - it was obviously just a "gwarra". He just turned 19, give the kid a break. NOW he understands the power of social media

  • aadil.esack - 2012-12-19 08:48

    The teenager apologised on his Twitter page tonight, saying the "unfortunate" comments were intended as a joke. "I'm very sorry if anyone has been offended by my comments about the photo of my team-mate Jose Enrique," he wrote. "It was only a joke between the two of us. I realise that my words were unfortunate and it was not my intention to offend anyone. "I apologise again if anyone was offended." Enrique also took to the social networking site, describing his team-mate's punishment as "amazing" for what he had regarded as "banter". "Is amazing how FA can fine my friend Suso Fernandez for a banter thing. Was just a joke!!!" he wrote.

  • jonathan.mumo.3 - 2012-12-19 13:57

    We want to do away with racism then the players are involved thi kid needs aproper displine

      sharmilen.naidoo - 2012-12-19 15:10

      Jonathan....absolutely correct and we must just sit back and accept it was a joke. How can the FA fine Suso? Because he is an idiot no matter what his age is...it's no excuse. He is a professional.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-12-19 18:01

    The club should fine him further. He owes Jose an apology. At the moment Jose is playing brilliant football.Is Suso imature to destablize the spirit in the club.LFC do not need twits like him.

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