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Burnley's Andre Gray charged after disturbing homophobic tweets resurface

The 25-year-old also made a litany of offensive comments about women and apologised for his behaviour last weekend.

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ANDRE GRAY IS facing disciplinary action after the Football Association confirmed he’s been charged with misconduct after disturbing homophobic and sexist comments he posted to Twitter in 2012 resurfaced last weekend.

The Burnley striker scored in the Clarets’ 2-0 win over Liverpool on Saturday but in the aftermath of the game, a litany of Gray’s odious tweets from four years ago reappeared across social media.

Gay people seemed the main target of Gray’s updates but he didn’t just stop there, making vile, sexist remarks too.

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One tweet read: ‘Is it me or are there gays everywhere? #Burn #Die #MakesMeSick’ while another said ‘Ladies stop dressin ur sons as women in heels and make up..Do u want him to end up like #PeteBurns #Faggot’.

Gray was quick to issue an apology and claimed he made the comments at a time when he was ‘a completely different person to the man I am now’.

“I was at a very different point in my life back then – one that I’ve worked hard to move on from”, he wrote.

I have experienced a lot over the past four years and have had to take responsibility for a number of things in my life which has enabled me to mature and grow as a person since that time.

I have a lot of regrets regarding a number of things I’ve done in the past and realise I have made some big mistakes, none more so than these tweets, but I would like to stress that I’ve worked incredible hard to completely transform my life since that time.”

To clarify, I do not hold the beliefs written in those tweets whatsoever. I can assure everybody that I am absolutely not homophobic and as said previously I can only apologise and ask for forgiveness to anyone I offended.”

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At the time, Gray was a non-league player with Hinckley United.

He has until 6pm on Wednesday 31 August to respond to the charge.

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