The Football Association has charged Burnley striker Andre Gray with misconduct in relation to comments he made on social media in 2012.
The charge concerns offensive tweets Gray sent when he was playing for non-league Hinckley United, which resurfaced in the aftermath of his debut Premier League goal against Liverpool on Saturday.
The 25-year-old subsequently released a statement in which he offered an “unreserved apology” to anyone offended by the Twitter posts and said that he was a different person now, one who did not “hold the beliefs written in those tweets whatsoever”.
The FA released a statement on Wednesday which read: “Burnley’s Andre Gray has been charged with misconduct
in respect of social media comments made between 9 January 2012 and 11 March 2012.
“It is alleged the comments were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3(1).
“It is further alleged that these breaches include reference to an “aggravating factor”, namely, sexual orientation and/or gender and/or colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3(2).
“The player has until 6pm on Wednesday 31 August 2016 to respond to the charge.”