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  1. Singapore Sam 6 Mar 2012, 11:20am

    It’s a pity the FA can’t also fine homophobic clergy.

  2. Another muppet footballer, I know they have a reputation for being a bit ‘fick’ but we are now reading every other day about one of them going on Twitter and saying something bigoted.

    1. Well, at least it’s a good thing they’re now being publicly held to account for their ignorant ramblings.

      1. Sister Mary Clarence 6 Mar 2012, 4:21pm

        I absolutely agree. This would have been unheard of a few years ago, and I’m sure as the message that this sort of thing permeates out the fines will get bigger and bigger.

        The constant run of homophobic tweets is getting to be an embarrassment for the FA at a time they are pushing the anti-homophobia agenda, so I expect patience will start running very thin with players who don’t get on message quickly

    2. There are quite a lot of pro footballers around. Bearing in mind that they are a bunch of young men and a lot of them have had quite cosseted upbringings thanks to their clubs it’s not really surprising that a few of them aren’t particularly mature. The main story here for me is that the FA is now fining players where in the past they always turned a blind eye. There’s a cultural change finally happening within the game, and that’s a good thing.

  3. Good job FA

  4. Not good enough.

    Suarez gets a 40,000 pound fine and an 8 match suspension for racist.

    This homophobic millionaire gets a fine which has zero impact.

    The FA is not fit for purpose when it comes to dealing with homophobia.

    Thanks to the institutional homophobia of the FA, racism is regarded as a far more serious offence than homophobia.

    The FA needs to start banning these stupid bigots from matches.

    They are too overpaid to care about these fines.

    The FA is imposing these fines so they can pretend to be doing something.

  5. This guy earns £20,000 a week. So, after this fine his annual salary will be a mere £1,025,000. I’m sure that he’ll really be feeling the pinch.

    1. The FA really are homophobic scum.

      And no wonder so many footballers are also homophobic scum.

      The culture of homophobic bigotry clearly permeates the entire organisation

    2. Nevertheless many people live according to or beyond their means, and if you had a fine of the equivalent of a week’s net income, I’m sure you’d notice.

  6. These homophobic morons will never get the message from these pathetic slaps on the wrist.
    The FA needs to be handing out fines which properly hit these fools in their overstuffed pockets. This problem needs to be put on a level with racism. Until it is seen as such, then nothing much will change.The fines need to be at least a months salary alongside a minimum four match ban. Only then will these overpaid ‘thugs’ (for that is what they’d be if not footballers), get the message.

  7. I think these fines should be more proportionate to their earnings. I am always extra disappointed when homophobic abuse comes from members of the black community, whose own civil rights struggle is still ongoing.

    1. Staircase2 7 Mar 2012, 12:14am

      Can we stop introducing racism to every conversation involving a black person being homophobic please?!

      TIME GENTLEMEN PLEASE! (it appears to always be men doing this on here)

  8. Friend of Dorothy 6 Mar 2012, 5:43pm

    I think he should be fined for being incoherent.

  9. With this sort of thing going on, is it any wonder why football players who are gay feel unable to come out?

    this sort of thing needs to be stamped on with not just a few thousand quid fines, but more… half a million perhaps? Ban for 10 matches? That would hit home to some of the homophobic players.

    And then again, is there any wonder why gay guys generally don’t like football? The image of the game is too macho, lets tone down this testosterone filled game a wee bit.

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