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Brighton report homophobic abuse from rival fans to FA – list of alleged chants including from Colin Kazim-Richards

REVEALED: The shocking list of alleged homophobic abuse suffered by Brighton supporters… including from one of their former players

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Date
Fixture
Examples of alleged chants reported
GFSN comments
August 14, 2012
Swindon Town (A)
'Town full of f*gg*ts.'
Other abuse heard too.
Letter sent from BHASC to Swindon Town FC.
Response received from club who said that they would be vigilante and apologised.
August 18, 2012
Hull City (A)
'We can see you holding hands' and others.

Player rubs his hands up and down several times over his backside whilst standing in front of, but with his back to, Brighton fans.
Spoke to senior steward after match.
Letter sent to club.
Club’s stewards take action during game.
Hull City FC defended its player saying he had done nothing wrong.
August 21, 2012
Cardiff City (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
August 25, 2012
Barnsley (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
September 1, 2012
Burnley (A)

Home fans used many derogatory words. So bad that BBC Sussex radio had to turn off a microphone and apologise several times on air for the language being used around them.

No action was taken.
September 14, 2012
Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
September 18, 2012
Watford (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
September 22, 2012
Millwall (A)
Multiple, persistent chants heard.
No action was taken this season.
BHASC corresponded with Millwall in 2011 & 2012 season and have trusted them to work away at the problem.
September 29, 2012
Birmingham (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
October 2, 2012
Ipswich Town (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
October 6, 2012
Derby County (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
October 20, 2012
Middlesbrough (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
October 23, 2012
Leicester City (A)
A variety of chants including 'We can see you holding hands'.
BHASC has reported to Leicester City FC in the past who didn’t accept that it was anything but 'banter'. With this mind set BHASC didn’t see that we could achieve anything else at this time.
October 27, 2012
Blackpool (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
November 2, 2012
Leeds United (H)
Several different chants
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments.
November 6, 2012
Peterborough (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
November 17, 2012
Huddersfield Town (A)
'We can see you holding hands'
'You're just a town full of f*gg*ts'
Spoke to police at game and letter sent to club.
Club responded apologising and explaining actions of stewards in preventing abuse spreading
November 24, 2012
Bolton Wanderers (H)
'We can see you holding hands'
'You’re just a town full of b*****s'
'We always sh*g girls'

Email sent to Bolton who responded.
November 27, 2012
Bristol City (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
December 1, 2012
Crystal Palace (A)
'Palace 5, Brighton 0, Brighton take it up the b*m'

'We can see you holding hands.'
Complaint to stewards and letter sent to club.

No action taken at the time by the stewards, but Senior Steward reprimanded by CPFC for failing to take action.
December 8, 2012
Charlton Athletic (A)
'We can see you holding hands.'
Chants were sporadic and did not spread possibly due to actions of stewards.
16 December 2012
Nottingham Forest (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
December 18, 2012
Millwall (H)
Several individual incidents reported after the game. A father and son pair of Brighton fans were walking away from the ground and the father was asked 'Do you pass him round'
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments.
December 29, 2012
Watford (H)
Sporadic chanting reported
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments.
January 1, 2013
Ipswich Town (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
January 5, 2013
Newcastle United (H)
Sporadic homophobic chanting reported
Stewards took action to prevent chants being spread.
January 12, 2013
Derby County (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
January 19, 2013
Birmingham City (A)
'Does your boyfriend know you're here'
'Go home you qayers'
'Up your a*** m’lord, up your a***'

Incidents were reported to Birmingham City FC.
January 22, 2013
Blackburn Rovers (A)
'Soft Southern poofters'
Two fans attacked outside the ground.
n/a
January 26, 2013
Arsenal (H)
'Does your boyfriend know you're here'
'We can see you holding hands'
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments
February 2, 2013
Sheffield Wednesday (A)
'We can see you holding hands'
'Does your boyfriend know you're here'
'Town full of f*gg*ts'
'Up your a***, up your a***, if you’re not a f****** w***** you’re a gayer'
Complaint made to stewards. BHASC understands that stewards may have taken action to prevent the chants spreading.
February 9, 2013
Hull City (H)
Local paper reported that three Hull fans were arrested for homophobic comments made after the match.

Two of those arrested were cautioned.
February 12, 2013
Blackburn Rovers (H)
Homophobic gestures from Blackburn player, alleged to be Colin Kazim-Richards
Investigations by the Sussex County Police and The FA.February 19, 2013
Cardiff City (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
February 23, 2013
Burnley (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
March 2, 2013
Huddersfield Town (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
March 5, 2013
Bristol City (A)
'We can see you holding hands'
'You’re just a town full of f*gg*ts'
'What’s it like to suck a c***'
'We drink cider, you suck c***'
'The referee’s a gay boy'
'Gay and you know you are'
Incidents not reported.
March 9, 2013
Bolton Wanderers (A)
'We can see you holding hands'
'Do you take it up the a***'
'Gay and you know you are'
This was reported to previous contact at Bolton by email. A response has not been forthcoming to date.
March 12, 2013
Barnsley (A)
Nothing audible
Barnsley demonstrated to BHASC procedures of stewards and how they deal with any instances of reported abuse.
March 17, 2013
Crystal Palace (H)
'You’re queer and you know you are'
'We can see you holding hands'
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments.
March 30, 2013
Nottingham Forest (A)
'Does your boyfriend know you’re here'
'You only sing when you’re b***ing'
'Have you ever sh*gg*d a girl'
'We can see you holding hands'
And shouts of ‘f*gg*ts’, ‘gay’ and ‘n*nce’ with limp-wristed gestures
Brighton supporters reported incidents to the police and stewards. The stadium safety officer assured GFSN before the game that a zero-tolerance policy was in place and the stewards would take any appropriate action necessary.

Samir Nasri abused and accosted by Arsenal fans, and Marouane Chamkh acts as bodyguard: VIDEO

VIDEO: Arsenal hate figure Nasri abused by angry Gunners fans on walk to Emirates… and flop striker Chamakh is left to act as his bodyguard!

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

11:27 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:32 GMT, 14 January 2013

It seems Arsenal fans still haven't forgiven Samir Nasri's acrimonious split with the club 18 months ago.

After just three years in north London, the Frenchman forced a move to Manchester City where he has since won the Premier League title.

His name still rings around Emirates Stadium on matchday, though it's sung in far more derogatory terms than it once was.

*Scroll down to see video of the altercation

Arsenal fans abuse Marouane Chamakh and Samir Nasri on Sunday at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal fans abuse Marouane Chamakh and Samir Nasri on Sunday at Emirates Stadium

Gunner get nasty: Arsenal fans turned on Marouane Chamakh and Samir Nasri as the pair walked to Emirates Stadium on Sunday before the Manchester City match

And on Sunday, with Nasri's new club in town, the midfielder was back on his old stomping ground. He was there as a fan, though, due to the suspension he received for a red card a Norwich last month.

Rather than arrive under the cover of his car or team coach, the 25-year-old opted to walk to the stadium, a decision which backfired as he was heckled and at one point even accosted by angry home support.

But springing to his defence was, of all people, former team-mate Marouane Chamakh, himself far from popular at the Emirates, and currently on loan at West Ham.

In a video posted on Twitter and YouTube, Nasri can be seen, and heard, coming under a barrage of abuse along Hornsey Road.

As the stadium comes into focus on the amateur footage, one man made for the France forward only to be yanked away by the tall Moroccan.

The pair then swiftly disappeared into the belly of the stadium.

VIDEO Nasri abused by angry Gunners fans

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Matt Prior phone call to Kevin Pietersen built bridges for reintegration

Prior: My phone call built the bridges for Pietersen's England reintegration

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 29 December 2012

At the height of last summer’s textgate affair, Kevin Pietersen’s phone had never rung colder.

Few in English cricket were prepared to call a man many believed had, by sending a string of derogatory messages to ‘close friends’ in the South Africa dressing room, betrayed captain Andrew Strauss and severely undermined the team’s carefully fostered morale.

While several England players were minded to wash their hands of the side’s most talented but highest maintenance player, wicketkeeper Matt Prior saw the bigger picture and called his troubled team-mate in an effort to thrash out the seismic differences few in the dressing room had seen coming.

Old friends: Prior (right) and Pietersen (left) patched things up over the phone

Old friends: Prior (right) and Pietersen (left) patched things up over the phone

It was a move that showed Pietersen he was still valued by his team-mates and cemented Prior’s position as the most inclusive – and, arguably, most important – member of the team.

‘If that situation arose another 100 times, I would phone Kev another 100 times,’ Prior said. ‘It wasn’t done for any other reason than that I saw a team-mate struggling and, as far as I’m concerned, that becomes the responsibility of the players.

‘If someone isn’t happy in the dressing room then you have to go out of your way to find out what the issue is and do as much as you can to make it right.

‘That might be a case of seeing a person’s point and saying: “You know what, mate You’re right”. Or it might be a case of being honest and saying: “You need to sort a few things out”.

‘Kevin and I are both pretty straightforward and honest guys who don’t mince our words. I think he was pleased to hear from me and, from what I’ve heard him say, I think he was pleased someone made the call.

Reintegrated: Pietersen was dropped following the Headingley Test last summer

Reintegrated: Pietersen was dropped following the Headingley Test last summer

‘It was a case of “what’s up buddy You
tell me and I’ll tell you”. It was a refreshing way to have a
conversation. Sometimes, you need to say tough things to your mates in
order for them to improve and, more importantly, for the team to move
forward.

‘We’d worked extremely hard under Strauss and Andy Flower to build the team culture and we got to a good place, No 1 in the world. But what last summer proved was how fragile that team spirit can be if you don’t look after it.’

Prior’s intervention saw England’s players begin a dialogue that eventually led to Pietersen being reintegrated after he was dropped for the final Test of the summer on disciplinary grounds.

The appointment of Alastair Cook as Strauss’s successor, after the decision of England’s most successful captain of all time to resign at the end of the South Africa series, also provided an opportunity to bring Pietersen back into the fold for the tour of India.

England were rewarded with a sublime innings of 186 in the series-altering second Test win in Mumbai and an overall contribution of 338 runs at 48.28 in the series.

Down Under: Prior is currently playing in the Big Bash tournament in Australia

Down Under: Prior is currently playing in the Big Bash tournament in Australia

But it was Pietersen’s off-field contribution which impressed Prior most.

‘Kevin was absolutely sensational,’ he said. ‘The public will see he hit 180 in Mumbai, which showed his class, but we all know how good he is and that he can play those match-winning innings.

‘He was fantastic talking to the young players and passing on his experience. Because he’d been to India more than anybody else, he also knew where to go and what restaurants to eat at. Little things like that are incredibly important on a tour to somewhere like India.

‘It wasn’t just Kev who had to make changes, everyone had to. We did that well and proved we’re again a tight unit and can move forward without having to talk about it any more.’

England’s one-day squad, minus the rested Pietersen and the out-of-favour Prior, leave for their five-match tour to India on January 2.

Prior, widely acknowledged as the world’s finest wicketkeeper batsman, remains desperate to reclaim both his one-day and Twenty20 shirt and is spending his time away from the Test team honing his skills in Australia’s Big Bash tournament.

Kevin Pietersen set to meet Andy Flower

Axed Pietersen set for clear-the-air talks with Flower in bid to salvage England career

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UPDATED:

10:48 GMT, 1 September 2012

Kevin Pietersen was reportedly set to have an initial meeting with England coach Andy Flower on Saturday as a first step to try to settle his differences with his employers.

Pietersen's future as an international cricketer remains in significant doubt, with time relatively short before his next annual England contract is due to be signed at the end of this month.

Showdown: Kevin Pietersen is set to meet Andy Flower (right) face-to-face on Saturday

Showdown: Kevin Pietersen is set to meet Andy Flower (right) face-to-face on Saturday

Sportsmail understands that he will speak face to face with Flower on Saturday although there is no confirmation of any meeting, or timetable for reconciliation, from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Pietersen is playing no part in the ongoing NatWest Series of one-day internationals against his native South Africa and will also be absent from England's imminent defence of their ICC World Twenty20 crown in Sri Lanka.

The 32-year-old batsman was dropped from last month's Lord's Test, also against South Africa, over a breakdown of 'mutual trust' with Flower and captain Andrew Strauss.

Storm: Pietersen controversially sent text messages about captain Andrew Strauss to South African players

Storm: Pietersen controversially sent text messages about captain Andrew Strauss to South African players

Storm: Pietersen controversially sent text messages about captain Andrew Strauss to South African players

Pietersen found himself at the centre of heightened controversy over 'provocative' text messages he sent to opposition players – reported to contain derogatory references to Strauss.

It was a sour culmination of his summer of contract wrangles with the ECB centring initially, it seemed, on Pietersen's wish to play a full Indian Premier League campaign next spring at a time when England have Test match commitments.

Pietersen has already publicly distanced himself from that stance, but Flower has made it clear there are many issues which must be confronted and settled before he can possibly return to the England fold.

The coach must plan in any case for a future without Strauss, who retired from professional cricket three days ago at the age of 35.

Strauss (left) has since stepped down as England captain and been replaced as Test captain by Alastair Cook (right)

Strauss (left) has since stepped down as England captain and been replaced as Test captain by Alastair Cook (right)

Flower accepts the aggravation Strauss has endured thanks to Pietersen this summer played no part in his decision to call time on his outstanding career.

'I don't think Pietersen is the main factor in this at all,' he said.

'Strauss said that publicly and privately to me, and I believe him.'

Flower and the ECB must now work out whether it will be possible to rehabilitate Pietersen under new Test and ODI captain Alastair Cook, if not in time to be selected for this autumn's taxing tour to India then for next year's back-to-back Ashes campaigns and a World Cup beyond that.

Kevin Pietersen accused of making derogatory comments about James Taylor

Now Pietersen is accused of making jibe at newcomer Taylor

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UPDATED:

21:41 GMT, 26 August 2012

Kevin Pietersen’s conduct came under further scrutiny on Sunday when he was accused of making derogatory comments about James Taylor during the Headingley Test where his relationship with England reached breaking point.

As it emerged that Pietersen swapped angry words with a senior player, after criticising debutant Taylor and boasting of his own importance to England during his brilliant 149 in Leeds, another newcomer to the dressing room described the atmosphere within it now as 'fantastic'.

It was no clearer on Sunday when Pietersen’s proposed clear-the-air meeting with Andrew Strauss will take place.

More revelations: Kevin Pietersen apparently made derogatory comments about James Taylor

More revelations: Kevin Pietersen apparently made derogatory comments about James Taylor

But the latest damaging revelations will only increase England’s hardline stance towards their errant star as they take the first step in what is likely to be a long road towards reconciliation.

Pietersen shared a 147-run stand with Taylor during the second Test, but angered England by walking off the field at tea on the third day talking to the South African players rather than encouraging his rookie partner.

Later that day, according to Sunday’s People newspaper, he launched into a tirade which precipitated the text scandal that now threatens his international future.

England continued their business without Pietersen on Sunday when they began the build-up to Tuesday’s second one-day international against South Africa at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl, with Chris Woakes talking of his warm welcome from the other players.

Decision time: Captain Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower will have to decide on the future of Pietersen

Decision time: Captain Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower will have to decide on the future of Pietersen

Woakes, whose prolific batting for Warwickshire and England Lions this season marks him now as a genuine all-rounder, was due to gain his big chance with the senior team in Friday’s first match at Cardiff until rain intervened.

And now, with Stuart Broad rested ahead of next month’s Twenty20 series, Woakes is hoping to retain his place tomorrow ahead of a second spinner in Samit Patel when this series really gets under way.

'This is a fantastic dressing room to come into,’ said Woakes. ‘Everyone is welcoming when fresh faces come in, it doesn’t seem to change.

'Kevin is a fantastic player but there is a lot of talent in that dressing room now.'

Kevin Pietersen apologises for Andrew Strauss texts

KP: I'm sorry… but will his 'regrets' be enough to save his England career

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UPDATED:

23:11 GMT, 14 August 2012

Apology: Kevin Pietersen has said sorry for his texts to members of the South African party

Apology: Kevin Pietersen has said sorry for his texts to members of the South African party

Kevin Pietersen, banished to an uncertain future when he was dropped from the final Test at Lord’s for disciplinary reasons, has issued a long-awaited apology.

Pietersen finally said sorry to the ECB for the furore that saw him axed for sending texts to friends in the South African team criticising his captain Andrew Strauss and the atmosphere in the England dressing room.

Yet Sportsmail understands he stopped short of admitting the texts contained derogatory comments about Strauss, leaving England with a quandary as to whether they accept his apology in full and recall him immediately.

As Strauss broke his silence on the
biggest controversy of his three-year captaincy to criticise Pietersen
publicly, the gifted maverick made the first attempt at reconciliation
when he gave the ECB a carefully worded statement expressing his regret
over the affair.

The 32-year-old was dropped when he refused to sign a document denying that he had sent the texts, which were revealed by Sportsmail,
even though he tried to rescue himself from the axe by coming out of
one-day international retirement in a video posted on YouTube.

And on Tuesday Sportsmail revealed the ECB had told him that, unless he apologised by Saturday, he would definitely be left out of England’s World Twenty20 squad for the defence of their crown in Sri Lanka next month. He would also have been ruled out of the one-day series against South Africa that follows the Lord’s Test which, in turn, would have made the road back to international cricket for Pietersen a very long one.

Strained relations: Andrew Strauss (left) is understood to be hurt by Pietersen's texts

Strained relations: Andrew Strauss (left) is understood to be hurt by Pietersen's texts

Now it seems the man who hit a magnificent 149 in the last Test at Headingley has seen sense and admitted his regret that it has all come to this after he first put the cat among the pigeons by saying the Lord’s Test might be his last because of dressing-room ‘politics’.

What happens next is far from certain. The selectors will have to decide whether to welcome Pietersen, man of the tournament when they won the World Twenty20 in Barbados two years ago, back into their squad when feelings are still running high.

Top form: Pietersen's 149 in the first innings at Headingley was one of finest England outings

Top form: Pietersen's 149 in the first innings at Headingley was one of finest England outings

An ECB source told Sportsmail that a lot of bridges would have to be rebuilt for the saga to be over, despite Pietersen’s act of contrition. Strauss, in particular, is said to be very upset about the texts.

England, mainly through Hugh Morris and Andy Flower, have shown strong management throughout the affair, even telling Surrey not to pick Pietersen for the current County Championship match against Middlesex.

Kevin Pietersen will be missed by England at Lord"s, says Jacques Kallis

England WILL miss KP at Lord's… but he won't be away for long, insists Kallis

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UPDATED:

14:31 GMT, 14 August 2012

Jacques Kallis believes England will miss Kevin Pietersen at Lord's this week – but does not expect them to be without their superstar batsman for long.

Kallis and his South Africa team-mates need only avoid defeat in the third Investec Test, to clinch the series and knock England off their world No 1 perch.

That task looks a little easier in the absence of Pietersen, who lit up Headingley with a man-of-the-match century only to be dropped for this final match of three following a fall-out with his employers at the England and Wales Cricket Board.

In the field: South Africa captain Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis warm up ahead of Thursday's third Test

In the field: South Africa captain Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis warm up ahead of Thursday's third Test

Many contend South Africa-born Pietersen's refusal to deny or apologise for texts, reportedly sent to opposition players during the Leeds draw and allegedly containing derogatory remarks about his own team-mates, will spell the end of the 32-year-old's career.

South Africa all-rounder Kallis does not see things that way.

'I'm sure they'll sort it out,' he said.

'He's too good a player to stay out of the international scene. I've no doubts they'll come to an agreement, and something will be sorted out.'

Missing man: Kallis believes Pietersen will return to the England fold soon

Missing man: Kallis believes Pietersen will return to the England fold soon

In the more immediate term, Kallis senses a team without Pietersen – he will be replaced by young Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow – is inevitably weakened.

'He's a world-class player … England losing him is a big loss for them.

'Any time he's not in your side it does make a big difference.

'I think they're going to miss his experience, for sure.'

Even so, Kallis and his fellow tourists are readying themselves once again to face tough and talented opponents.

Up for it: AB de Villers, Faf du Plessis and Jean-Paul Duminy play football at Lord's

Up for it: AB de Villers, Faf du Plessis and Jean-Paul Duminy play football at Lord's

'Cricket's not a one-man sport. There are 11 guys who can take a Test match away from us.

'We're certainly not preparing in any other way than we would do if he was playing.'

Kallis, not thought to have received any text messages himself from Pietersen, acknowledges that communication between players – and closer relationships with the opposition – have developed, in part, because of shared experiences alongside and against one another for Indian Premier League franchises.

But he warns that also brings a responsibility to be a little more guarded when the situation dictates – such as, perhaps, in the middle of a high-profile series against your native country when your world number one status is under threat.

'You have got to be careful about just what you send, and if you do send messages keep it pretty much to a team-mate of yours,' said Kallis.

'If a guy does well and you want to send him a message the guys will do that, especially if you're watching on TV.

'You have to be a little more careful during series you're playing against each other.

'But I think we've moved on from those days when the guys didn't have any contact with each other.'

Good to talk: South Africa are looking to secure the series with a second victory over England

Good to talk: South Africa are looking to secure the series with a second victory over England

As for Pietersen, Kallis recognises there are always likely to be ups and downs for such a mercurial cricketer – who he is sure, nonetheless, will be back.

'These sorts of things are going to happen throughout his career – a few things have happened,' he said.

'I don't think it'll affect him; I think he'll bounce back, and I think he's still got a lot of cricket ahead of him.'

Emmanuel Frimpong fined 6000 after comments on Twitter

Frimpong fined 6,000 after admitting to inappropriate comments on Twitter

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UPDATED:

10:32 GMT, 1 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been fined 6,000 and warned as to his future conduct after admitting a Football Association charge in relation to recent comments on Twitter, the FA have confirmed.

More to follow…

Row: Emmanuel Frimpong used a derogatory term to refer to a Spurs fan on Twitter

Row: Emmanuel Frimpong used a derogatory term to refer to a Spurs fan on Twitter

Emmanuel Frimpong charged with improper conduct after comments on Twitter

Frimpong charged with improper conduct after comments on Twitter

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UPDATED:

14:54 GMT, 24 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association relating to recent comments on Twitter

The 20-year-old fan responded to a Tottenham fan on July 15 and although he shortly removed the comment from the social networking site, it has not escaped the attention of the FA.

'Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong has been charged under FA Rule E3 for improper conduct in relation to recent comments made on Twitter,” said a statement on the FA's official website.

Row: Emmanuel Frimpong used a derogatory term to refer to a Spurs fan on Twitter

Row: Emmanuel Frimpong used a derogatory term to refer to a Spurs fan on Twitter

'The allegation is that Frimpong
posted comments amounting to improper conduct and/or which brought the
game into disrepute, which included a reference to ethnic origin, faith
or race.

'The player has until 4pm on 27 July 2012 to respond to the charge.'

The 20-year-old is recovering from a serious knee injury sustained while on loan at Wolves.

After posting a message on his official Twitter account which read 'if you going church today Pray For me Giving today A Miss', the Gunners midfielder retweeted a response from one Tottenham fan which read: 'I prayed you break your arms and legs', to which Frimpong replied '@ Scum Y**'.

It sparked a mass debate on the social network site among supporters from both Arsenal and Tottenham.

One was retweeted by Frimpong, which read: 'You can't go around wanting players to break limbs, no matter who you play for. embarrassed to be a yid right now!'

Removed: Frimpong deleted the post on Twitter

Removed: Frimpong deleted the post on Twitter

The term has been used for decades to identify Tottenham supporters because of the proportion of Jewish supporters at the north London club.

Last year, comedian David Baddiel launched a campaign to stamp out use of the word in football chants, which can be viewed as anti-Semitic.

However, many Spurs fans use the term 'Y** army' themselves as a 'badge of honour' and claim they are not offended by it.

Emmanuel Frimpong insults Tottenham fan on Twitter after row

Frimpong faces Twitter probe after reacting to fan jibe with insult

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UPDATED:

00:14 GMT, 16 July 2012

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong left himself open for criticism, and potentially a reprimand from the Football Association, following a potentially offensive tweet.

The 20-year-old is recovering from a serious knee injury sustained while on loan at Wolves.

After posting a message this morning on his official Twitter account which read 'if you going church today Pray For me Giving today A Miss', the Gunners midfielder retweeted a response from one Tottenham fan which read: “I prayed you break your arms and legs”, to which Frimpong replied '@ Scum Y**'.

Row: Emmanuel Frimpong used a derogatory term to refer to a Spurs fan on Twitter

Row: Emmanuel Frimpong used a derogatory term to refer to a Spurs fan on Twitter

The post was swiftly removed by Frimpong, but soon sparked great debate on the social network site among supporters from both Arsenal and Tottenham.

One was retweeted by Frimpong on Sunday, which read: 'You can't go around wanting players to break limbs, no matter who you play for. embarrassed to be a y** right now!'

The FA are aware of the matter, but were making no official comment on Sunday.

Removed: Frimpong deleted the post on Twitter

Removed: Frimpong deleted the post on Twitter

The term 'Y**' or 'Y***o' has been used for decades to identify Tottenham supporters because of the proportion of Jewish supporters at the north London club.

Last year, comedian David Baddiel launched a campaign to stamp out use of the word 'Y**' in football chants, which can be viewed as anti-Semitic.

However, many Spurs fans use the term 'Y** army' themselves as a 'badge of honour' and claim they are not offended by it.

Arsenal were not available for comment when contacted by Sportsmail.