Burnley Football Club can confirm that striker Andre Gray has received a four-game ban following an FA hearing into misconduct charges.
Gray was found guilty of six aggravated breaches of FA Rule E3(1) regarding comments deemed to be "abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or bringing the game into disrepute".
The breaches also included reference to an “aggravating factor”, namely, sexual orientation and/or gender and/or colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3(2).
Gray admitted three of the breaches, but denied a further three. However, following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, on Thursday, September 22, these three were found proven.
In addition to the ban, effective immediately, Gray was fined £25,000 plus costs, warned as to his future conduct and ordered to attend a one-to-one FA education course.
The suspension means that Gray will miss Monday’s Premier League game against Watford at Turf Moor, followed by the games against Arsenal and Everton at home, and Southampton away.
Burnley Football Club and Gray accept the Independent Regulatory Commission’s decision, which relate to historical posts made before Andre joined the club in August, 2015.
Gray himself regrets the posts and has pledged, in an apology, to continue to improve, both as a person and role model to others.
Burnley Football Club takes its responsibility in the wider community seriously, and through its charitable arm, Burnley FC in the Community, will be investing close to £2m in community work over the forthcoming season.
We work closely with all of our players, including Andre, on a wide-ranging variety of community programmes and we undertook 300 player appearances last season, which we will be looking to increase in the coming 12 months.
We believe this charge, regarding historical social media posts, should now also serve as a warning to all professional footballers, and participants in the wider sporting field.
Burnley Football Club will make no further comment at this time.