Man. United Player Fined £15,000 for Homophobic Tweet


Manchester United’s Federico Macheda has been fined £15,000 by the Football Association (FA) for making a homophobic comment on social media site Twitter.

Macheda, 20, admitted to ‘using abusive and/or insulting words’ on Twitter at a personal hearing this week.

The player, currently on loan to Queens Park Rangers, became involved in an on-line argument with a fellow Twitter user and wrote, among other comments, ‘shhhhhhh you stupid little gay!’ The tweets have since been deleted.

Macheda has also been warned by the FA about his future conduct.

Macheda is believed to be appealing the fine. †This is the heaviest punishment ever given by the FA for a homophobic slur.

Two other footballers were also charged for anti-gay conduct this week. They include Newcastle forward Nile Ranger and Walsall’s Manny Smith. They were ordered to pay £6,000 and £1,200 respectively. West Ham’s Ravel Morrison and ex-Leicester player Michael Ball have both recently been fined for similar slurs†as part of a new crackdown by the FA.

The FA has warned players that comments made on Twitter or other social networking sites which make “reference to a person’s ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability” could be subject to “a higher disciplinary sanction.”

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toni harrison kahn

It is about time football players being held to account for their behavior, they appear most of the time to be hooligans with manners that leave a lot to be desired. Racism and homophobia should not play a part in any walk of life let alone sport....where is the sportsmanship in verbally abusing fellow players....disgusting ill-mannered louts should be barred from playing, not held up as icons to be emulated by the young who look to their hero's as mentors. David Beckham is a prime example of a gentleman, more players should take a leaf from his book. A sportsman to be proud of.

Ken R.
Ken R.5 years ago

Does anyone else find it humorous that he plays for the "Queens Park Rangers"? Does it take balls to play for "The Queens" and make homophobic comments? LOL

Betsy M.
Betsy M5 years ago

Yay! He's only 20, so I hope he learned a lesson [wish he was not contesting the fine, but it is a lot higher than the others.]

Marie M.
Marie M5 years ago

Regarding freedom of speech - Twitter did not complain. What he did was violate a rule connected with his 'employment'. The place I work has certain rules I must follow and if I choose not to do so there will be consequences. That is the same where most people work. "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.'

Kimberlee W.
Kimberlee W5 years ago

What is that saying again that to preserve Freedom of Speech, we need to protect the worst of speech?
Something like that.
At what point, at what line in the sand, at what bar, do you wish to set the limit?

We're not talkin' about yellin' fire in a theater or anything relating to provoking damage against another here; we're talking about how people simply talk.
As it has been explained to me, that's all Twitter is - conversation with groups at a time, no different than addressing a large number of people in a room.

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold5 years ago

What he did was extremely unnecessary, vile and certainly something that should never have been said then or ever. He deserved the fine he got and should remember how lucky he was to have gotten only a fine. He should face up and pay it like a man, and not as the twit he is now behaving.

Sydney Myers
Sydney M5 years ago

Many children look to athletes as heroes and role models; Macheda is neither!!!

Beth M.
Beth M5 years ago

Hope the fine stands since this lowlife is appealing. This type of insult is not warranted.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L5 years ago

Good it's about time and should be true for all sports/teams/athletes.

Amie K.
Amie K5 years ago

Good - glad to hear professional sports player are being held accountable for their actions in SOME countries at least.