Newcastle’s Ranger hit with fine over homophobic comments

The Football Association have fined Newcastle forward Nile Ranger and Walsall's Manny Smith £6,000 and £1,200 respectively and warned as to their future conduct after admitting making homophobic comments on Twitter.

The Football Association have fined Newcastle forward Nile Ranger and Walsall's Manny Smith £6,000 and £1,200 respectively and warned as to their future conduct after admitting making homophobic comments on Twitter.

The pair were charged by the FA on Monday along with Manchester United striker Federico Macheda. All three were accused of acting in a way which was "improper and/or brought the game into disrepute", including "a reference to a person's or persons' sexual orientation".

An FA statement on read: "Newcastle United's Nile Ranger and Walsall's Manny Smith have been fined £6,000 and £1,200 respectively and both warned as to their future conduct after each admitting a charge of using abusive and/or insulting words including a reference to a person's sexual orientation.

"The charges relate to Twitter comments and both players requested a paper hearing."

No details of the case involving Macheda, currently on loan at QPR, were confirmed.

 

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