Liverpool footballer Suso, whose full name is Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáez de la Torre, has described his fellow teammate Jose Enrique as “gay” after he was pictured having his teeth whitened.

According to the Daily Mail, on Friday, Suso, 19, tweeted: “What fuck is he doing? This guy is gay… he does everything except play football.”

The comments were made because Enrique posted an image of himself with a teeth-whitening guard in his mouth.

However, Suso quickly realised he had made a poor error of judgement, deleted the tweet and then issued an apology.

The FA has yet to say whether it will take action.

The incident came on the same day that former England international Gareth Southgate claimed English players were ready to accept openly gay footballers in the dressing room.

Southgate was speaking after Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard urged gay players to come out of the closet because “gay people need a hero”.