Welsh rugby team the Ospreys announced last night they will investigate an alleged gay slur by one of its players.

PinkNews.co.uk received a screenshot of Kristian Phillips’ account on 7 November in which he called Big Brother 2011 winner Aaron Allard-Morgan a “faggot”.

One of the tweets on the 21-year-old’s account read: “Aaron is the biggest loser I have ever seen, trying to turn it around and make Jay and Louise look bad! #BBUK #Faggot #Gimp #Getalife”.

A statement on the club’s website last night read: “Ospreys Rugby has been made aware of potentially homophobic comments allegedly made by one of our employees via Twitter.

“We take such issues very seriously and have immediately commenced a full and thorough investigation into this matter. As an organisation we do not tolerate any kind of homophobic behaviour and any employee found to be acting in such a way will face the appropriate action through our internal disciplinary procedures.

“We operate a well publicised self-policing social media policy that all employees are aware of and fully understand.

“There will be no further comment made on this issue until the conclusion of said investigation.”

The statement was posted after PinkNews.co.uk reported that the club had not replied to enquiries.

It concluded: “We would, however, like to stress that at no point has Ospreys Rugby ‘failed to respond to questions’ and are disappointed to see this being reported given that attempted contact with the media outlet in question from ourselves has failed to receive a response.”