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This Premier League star called people ‘gayboy’ and ‘faggot boy’

Josh Jackman May 22, 2018
xxxx during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Liverpool at Amex Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Brighton, England.

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Premier League footballer Shane Duffy has sparked outrage with a series of tweets containing anti-gay slurs.

The Brighton and Hove Albion player also attacked TV presenter Rylan Clark-Neal, calling him a “thing” during his stint on X Factor.

Duffy, a Republic of Ireland international, who has represented his country 18 times, posted the tweets in 2011 and 2012, when he was 19 and 20.

Republic of Ireland's defender Shane Duffy celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match, second leg, between Republic of Ireland and Denmark at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on November 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITH (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)
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He was playing for another Premier League side, Everton, at the time.

In one of the tweets, Duffy encouraged the user of a now-suspended account to attack fellow footballer James Gray, writing: “give James a dead arm for me the faggot. Still thinks he’s Ronaldo haha!”

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He told another football player, Jeff Thomas: “don’t be late faggot boy.”

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Writing to a now-defunct account, the footballer said: “gayboy come the town and mee us up me and baxter!!”

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And speaking to Rotherham United winger Jon Taylor, he wrote: “tell him hes a puff and go get his eyebrows waxed the girl.. Yeah man defo.”

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On the same day, he asked Taylor: “gayboy u out tonite?”

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In 2012, during the ninth season of X Factor, he engaged in a series of attacks against Rylan Clark-Neal, an openly gay singer who finished fifth on the show.

Duffy wrote: “Seriously rylan get off my screen!!!! I actually hate this man/whatever he is.”

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He followed this up by calling the TV personality a “thing.”

He wrote: “X factor is a shambles! How that thing rylan wernt in the bottom 2 I have no idea. Why do u people vote for him.”

Duffy continued with the torrent of abuse, saying: “Can’t take this rylan serious. Jesusssss!! Is this real?”

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He added: “Rylan u aboustle waste of talent! I hate you more than life. How ur on tv is a joke! I actually hate you!!”

In a statement, Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club said that they had “drawn a line” under the issue.

The club told PinkNews: “The club’s stance on homophobia is well known, and we have a zero-tolerance approach.

“Shane made the posts when he was still a teenager. He has since previously apologised for any offence he may have unwittingly caused.

“As far as the club is concerned that draws a line under this issue from six or seven years ago.”

Duffy is far from the first person to be undone by historical tweets over the past year – in fact, he’s not even the first Premier League footballer.

Mason Holgate sparked uproar and a Football Association investigation after it was found in January that the Everton full-back had used the words “fag,” “faggotttttttttt,” “a batty” and “battyboy” to refer to other Twitter users.

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In November, pop star Ed Sheeran prompted a backlash after repeatedly tweeting that things and people were “no homo” or “so homo.”

Grime artist Stormzy apologised after a flood of tweets in which he repeatedly called people “a f***ing fag,” “faggot” and “gay” were discovered by PinkNews.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: Stormzy poses for a photo during a visit to Kiss FM Studio's on November 15, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
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The BRIT Award winner called his past comments “foul and offensive,” and spoke directly to the LGBT+ community when he offered his “deepest apologies.”

More: Anti-gay, brighton and hove albion, football, premier league, rylan clark neal, sport, Twitter, UK

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