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West Ham star Jarrod Bowen facing FA rap and potential ban after N-word tweet leaked from 2012 while he was schoolboy


WEST HAM winger Jarrod Bowen faces a potential FA rap – after an N-word tweet from 2012 was discovered.

Bowen was just 15 at the time and on the books of Hereford Town when he posted the comment.

Jarrod Bowen faces a potential FA rap after he tweeted the N-word in 2012

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Jarrod Bowen faces a potential FA rap after he tweeted the N-word in 2012Credit: Rex
This was the tweet sent out by Bowen when he was a youngster at Hereford

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This was the tweet sent out by Bowen when he was a youngster at Hereford

FA disciplinary beaks were alerted to the social media posting on Thursday evening and plan to contact Bowen.

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Previous historic messages have led to fines and bans for players.

But as Bowen was still a schoolboy at the time it is more likely he will receive no more than a warning and reminder from the FA.

The former Hull attacker has issued a statement apologising for the words he used.

He wrote: “In 2012, when I was a 15-year-old kid, I posted an offensive and immature tweet.

“I wish to apologise unreservedly for the unacceptable content of that post, especially to all connected with West Ham United.

“This is not an example I wish to set and it certainly does not portray the values and principles that I hold.”

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West Ham have confirmed the matter will be dealt with ‘internally’.

Liverpool boast the most-valuable squad in the Premier League
Liverpool boast the most-valuable squad in the Premier League
Andre Gray was banned for four matches when homophobic tweets were unearthed

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Andre Gray was banned for four matches when homophobic tweets were unearthedCredit: Alamy

A club spokesperson said: “Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of West Ham United, and our zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination is embedded across the club.

“The club takes matters of this nature extremely seriously. In regard to the tweet from 2012, we have spoken to Jarrod and he is aware of the club’s unequivocal stance in this area.

“He fully understands the requirements and responsibility upon him to always act in line with the club’s values. This will be dealt with internally.”

One of the most shocking cases of historic tweets came from Watford striker Andre Gray.

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In 2012 he had written on the social network: “Is it me or are there gays everywhere?”

Any doubts over the 25-year-old’s meaning were surely ended when he added: “#Burn #Die #MakesMeSick.”

Openly-gay rugby referee Nigel Owens hit back: “It’s your comments that makes decent human beings sick@AndreGray7. No wonder no one can be themselves in soccer.”

And fellow tweeter @fishoutdolanout said: “What a vile and disgusting tweet.”

Gray responded with what he called a ‘sincere and unreserved apology to anybody I have offended’ and insisted he is now a ‘completely different person’.

He was charged by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute.

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That saw him banned for four matches and fined £25,000 for the homophobic comments.





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