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Michael Ball fined £6,000 for anti-gay Antony Cotton tweet

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  1. Great to see action being taken by the FA …

    Great to see the level of punishment has been increased …

    Great to see that Leicester City have released Ball from his contract …

    However, the FA still are not leading and demonstrating in the clear way they have attempted to (with racism) that homophobia is unacceptable … There are no public statements that it will not be tolerated … There is a mixed inconsistent message about how gay players will be perceived and treated and there is no evidence that the FA are doing anything proactively to tackle the issue, only grudgingly reactive when events are highlighted in the media …

    Its disappointing that the club have made no mention of whether Balls release was linked to his homophobic conduct (other media report this to be sports based and in no way linked to his conduct) … The club could have chosen to comment on this and whether not release was linked to homophobia, stood out as saying homophobia is unacceptable …

  2. If this so called football player is daft enough to make such a public comment, then he is probably daft full stop.
    Which I suspect is why he has been released by his club.

    1. Unfortunately it does not seem to be linked to his homophobia ….

      According to other newspapers:

      “Ball has also had his contract terminated by Leicester City – but it is understood this decision was made on footballing grounds.”

      “The former Everton and Manchester City player had his contract with Leicester cancelled this week, though it is thought that the decision was not related to the social media incident.”

      “The club insist that the decision to axe the former Manchester City, Everton and Rangers player was made solely for footballing reasons.”

      “Ball also had his contract with Leicester City cancelled last night, but sources have claimed that it was for footballing-related reasons rather than the Twitter incident. A spokesperson from the club said: “We would like to wish him well for the future.””

      1. Dan Filson 24 Jan 2012, 2:31pm

        But he may find his future employability is not so smooth.

        1. Its possible but I imagine some clubs (such as Northwich Victoria) would not be concerned, given recent events …

  3. Jock S. Trap 24 Jan 2012, 10:46am

    £6,000 a hefty sanction? Really?

    If you ask me it doesn’t hurt them enough. How do we expect change in attitudes if we merely give them a slap on the wrist? Would it be £6,000 if it was racism? I doubt it, so why treat hatred on different levels when basically it’s the same kind of hate crime?
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    Time for tougher punishments to teach others this homophobic attitude when your a public figure is unacceptable.

    Don’t get me wrong I’m please the FA have acted but treat all hatred with the same level of punishment and one that hurts the offender.

    1. I agree, Jock

      I am pleased the FA have acted (and apparently sent a warning out to all players about the dangers of social media) …

      I am also pleased it is the harshest penalty so far …

      I’m not sure its yet the sort of penalty that sends the right message out …

      I’m not sure that “dangers of social media” is the right message either … it should be more a message about homophobia not being acceptable …

    2. Rashid Karapiet 24 Jan 2012, 3:51pm

      Jockstrap still at it? How can he possibly be taken seriously with this pseudonym?

      1. Fortunately some of us look beyond the name …

        Not all of us are so shallow …

    3. I’m not sure Jock – the guy is not a very top earner is he?
      The “crime” is words rather than direct actions.
      Seems to me that the FA have got it around right and this player’s stupidity will affect his future life.
      Lets encourage the FA!

  4. My growing impression is that these people are pretty thick. They seem not to realise that if they put this poison on an Internet facility, millions of people can see it.
    I am glad it is being dealt with in short order, but I agree with posts above that the FA is not upfront and explicit enough about not tolerating homophobia.

  5. Im waiting now for the inevitable homophobic comments in the premiership.

    Im hoping its the likes of rooney. Lets see how the F.A reacts then with a top club and national team Striker who earns £250,000 a week.

    My guess an apology.

    Football cant tackle racism even when society as a whole condemns it. They do even less to tackle homophobia which is still a volatile subject in society.

    Its why there are no openly gay players in the uk. So sad.

  6. This is the first time I’ve ever been ashamed to be a Leicester City supporter; thankfully they got rid of Ball. It’s no wonder that with comments like these gay supporters try to keep back and gay players stay firmly in the closet.

  7. Remember that horrendous bigot Robbie Fowler’s appalling homophobic bigotry towards the (straight) Graeme LeSaux.

    I expect any top level player who engages in bigotry to be sacked.

    In general footballers are stupid people without much of an education who have struck it rich because they are able to chase after a ball at high speed and kick it into a net.

    Because they are stupid people they need to realise that there are immediate negative consequences for being bigotted. If their stupidity is too great for them to grasp this concept then they should not be allowed to play. Quite simple really.

    1. Footballers are in general stupid …

      Some certainly are … where is your evidence that this is generally the case?

      or any more so than chef, solicitors, accountants, teachers, bin men, carpenters etc etc

  8. Teen Laqueefah 24 Jan 2012, 12:41pm

    I think you can be pretty sure that had this been one of the multimillionaire players who change hands for bejillions of quids that it would have been covered up and/or minimised by the FA with nothing happening to him. They’re like a modern medieval aristocracy, able to do whatever the hell they like with absolute impunity.

  9. Monty Crisco 24 Jan 2012, 12:43pm

    I saw the headline and thought they were talking about the Musical Theatre singer/actor. I was momentarily stunned till I realised my mistake.

    1. Me too.

  10. Thought Police out again.
    if Anthony does not want criticism of how her displays himself, then maybe he needs to change.

    People have right to opinion of what they see and I FULLY support these comments, you can be homophobic if you wish, this is your right.

    I have always hated Anthony Cotton for his over the top flouncy behaviour and I will continue to hate him.

    1. If (and I do not) find heterosexual couples being open about their sexuality in public arenas – should they be forced to change?

      This is nothing to do with Balls thoughts – he can have them … its to do with publicising discriminatory thoughts …

      Or maybe, Mike, you also support sexism, racism and anti disabled or anti religious rhetoric comments in public?

      1. And the vicious way he publicised those discriminatory thoughts. I read real venom behind them.

    2. Not the thought poice out again, but just decent public standards of behaviour and some humanity. You must be so full of self hatred Mike or a bigot using the comments on this website to pedel your unpleasant views.

    3. Dr Robin Guthrie 24 Jan 2012, 2:19pm

      Why the hell should he change to suit the bigotry of others.

    4. Jock S. Trap 24 Jan 2012, 3:26pm

      So basically you judge someone solely on appearances without knowing them from Adam… how shallow a person you truely are!

    5. Teen Laqueefah 24 Jan 2012, 3:55pm

      Yes, how DARE Anthony Cotton behave in a non-approved way. We should all be good little straight-acting gays so as not to upset anyone, right?

      Gawd elp us, I thought straight people were judgemental. Then I came on the gay scene…

  11. Mr. Ripley's Asscrack 24 Jan 2012, 1:26pm

    Ball was probably let go because of his age and injuries and nothing to do with this issue.

    Personally speaking £6000 is way too lenient a fine. Times it by 5 or 6 and then the Football Association would be setting a precedent – perhaps even per insult. Overpaid pretty boys like Ball would quickly learn not to go online and advertise their insecurities and bigotry about gay people.

    I do hope (against hope!) that chirps like Ball and kittykatlovex realise that not everything in life is just black or white – gay or straight – and that there is a WHOLE gamut of sexuality along that spectrum of people to meet, love or admire; and that camp men and butch woman aren’t exclusively gay. Pointless exercise probably…

    1. I disagree with you and think the FA has got it about right.
      Are you really wanting change things or just after a bit of vengence?

  12. Robert in S. Kensington 24 Jan 2012, 2:06pm

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to learn how to kick a ball around a playing field. Most players I would suspect didn’t do that well in school and certainly none ever pursued higher education. It galls me to think how these sportsmen are paid outrageous amounts of money you and I can only dream of for simply kicking a ball. The value system is appalling. Remove the money factor and maybe we’d see a different attitude. Once they start earning exorbitant salaries, the power goes to their heads and they think they can get away with anything. Maybe this will be a humbling experience not only for this idiot but for other players.

    1. GingerlyColors 29 Jan 2012, 7:01am

      It is a known fact that children who do badly in the classroom usually excel at sports. And vice versa.

  13. soapbubblequeen 24 Jan 2012, 3:28pm

    Good!!! I’m glad he’s been fined. Stick to what your good, or perhaps not so good at. Kicking a piece of leather around a field.

  14. Good for him, at least he’s sticking up for himself and all of us.

  15. TheLizzie12 24 Jan 2012, 8:37pm

    A £6000 fine. But if Ball had made an overtely racist comment he would have been in trouble with Harriet Handcuffs. So its not REALLY justice, is it?

    1. stephen lea 24 Jan 2012, 9:27pm

      Crazy world!! try living in a country where being gay is a threat against religion.. 6k… so five drunken guys turning up outside our door shouting queers get out!! that a clear 30k nice work if you can get it .. Weird born in the UK fought against hate crime lived in the US tolerated hate crimes now living in Poland and hated a crime..go figure..

  16. GingerlyColors 29 Jan 2012, 6:59am

    Take advice from the other Michael Ball. Love changes everything. And it will be for the better.

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