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Sky Blues defender Chris Stokes handed a one-match suspension for homophobic tweet

Steve Carpenter 11th Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

DEFENDER Chris Stokes will miss the opening game of the 2016/17 League One season after receiving a one-match suspension from the Football Association for tweeting an homophobic remark on social media.

The 25-year-old tweeted the term ‘faggots’ during Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Tottenham at the beginning of May. He quickly deleted the tweet, apologised before closing his account entirely.

An internal and FA investigation followed, with Stokes admitting that he breached FA social media rules. He has been fined £1,000 and he has also been ordered to attend an FA education course.

A statement from Coventry City read: “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.

“Stokes has received training from representatives from Kick It Out and Coventry City FC will continue to work alongside all members of the club to ensure they are versed in proper conduct.”

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