4th Dec, 2016

Chris Stokes issues apology for tweeting homophobic remark

Steve Carpenter 3rd May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

DEFENDER Chris Stokes has issued an apology to Sky Blues fans after posting a homophobic remark on his personal Twitter account on Monday evening.

The 25-year-old made the remark during Monday’s match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur but quickly removed the tweet from social media immediately afterwards.

The Sky Blues have confirmed this week that Stokes, who is out of contract at the end of the season, will now be subject to an internal investigation following his use of the offensive remark.

“I’d like to apologise for any offence I’ve caused,” said Stokes. “It was a brainless moment from me and I’m really disappointed in myself for using that term, I’m not homophobic at all.

“However, I know it is not acceptable by any means and I’m really sorry to any of our supporters or anyone in the wider public who have been offended by the remark.”

The club will have an internal investigation into Stokes’ behaviour on social media and his use of the platform.

A statement on the club’s website said: “The club would like to stress that it is completely unacceptable for any of our players or staff to express such remarks at any time.

“Coventry City FC expect the highest level of professionalism from our players as we’re a family club and we want our players to act as role models in the Coventry and Warwickshire community.

“We will work with organisations such as Kick it Out and Football v Homophobia to help educate Chris and the squad on why this term is unacceptable to make sure this doesn’t happen again in the future.”