English football punishes player who tweeted that gays should ‘burn’ and ‘die’

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A Premier League player has been banned for four matches by England’s football authorities for discriminatory comments he previously made on social media.

The English Football Association said six postings made by Burnley striker Andre Gray on his Twitter account between Jan. 9 and March 11, 2012 brought the game into disrepute. Some of the tweets contained hateful slurs against gays, women and transgender people.

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Gray had admitted to three of the breaches, but denied that the remaining three went against FA rules. He was fined 25,000 pounds ($32,000) and ordered to attend an FA education course.

ctdznqpxgae5xzkThe discriminatory comments came to light when they were retweeted by other people after he scored his first Premier League goal for Burnley in the team’s 2-0 win over Liverpool on Aug. 20.

Gray released a public apology after the match.

He was the top scorer in the second-tier League Championship last season with 23 goals, helping Burnley return to the Premier League the season after relegation.

Dawn Ennis contributed to this report.

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