WEST Ham winger Jarrod Bowen has escaped with a warning for a teenage N-word tweet.
Bowen was just 15 at the time and on the books of Hereford Town when he posted the comment in 2012.
FA disciplinary beaks were alerted to the social media posting last month and contacted Bowen.
But while previous historic messages have led to fines and bans for players, it was anticipated the fact that he was so young at the time would save him from a suspension.
Disciplinary beaks investigated the incident but agreed that the necessary action was to warn Bowen about his future conduct and order him to complete an FA education course.
Bowen, an £18 million signing from Hull in January last year, promptly apologised after the tweet emerged.
He said: “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.”
West Ham stressed at the time they have a “zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination”.
They said Bowen understood “the requirements and responsibility upon him” and the matter would be “dealt with internally”.
Some previous historic messages from players have led to punishment.
Five years ago Watford striker Andre Gray was suspended for four matches and fined £25,000 fine for a homophobic historical tweet.
He too apologised, saying he is now a “completely different person”.