Mason Holgate Reportedly Facing FA Punishment over Alleged Homophobic Tweets

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

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Separately the FA has launched an investigation into Holgate's allegations against Firmino. The referee was stood between the two players during the exchange.

After running back onto the field to confront the defender, Firmino is alleged to have called Holgate a "son of a b***h" in Portuguese before calling him a "n***o" - comments that infuriated Holgate and led to a scuffle between opposing players.

However, the FA have since opened another investigation with Holgate at the centre of attention.

The Everton youngster was the talk of the FA Cup tie against Liverpool following the role he played in conceding the penalty, not to mention being involved in a bitter spat with Roberto Firmino.

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Posts sent from Holgate's account in 2012 were unearthed last week, featuring terms including "faggot" and "battyboy", after Everton's FA Cup defeat at Liverpool.

Mason Holgate, who accused Roberto Firmino of racially abusing him, is himself facing the threat of a charge and ban over allegedly homophobic Twitter posts. Holgate has since deleted his Twitter account - somewhat confirming his guilt. But the governing body does not regard that as a defence of the player's conduct or mitigation.

The Everton defender was 15 and 16 at the time of the various tweets, something which will likely be used in his defence.

Andre Gray, then of Burnley, was banned for four games in 2016 as a result of anti-gay tweets posted four years earlier during his time with non-league club Hinckley United.

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