Peterborough striker Jonson Clarke-Harris is ban for four games over historic social media posts featuring homophobic comments.
The posts date from late 2012 and early 2013 when Clarke-Harris was 18 and establishing himself with loan moves from Posh to Southend and Bury. The comments made reference to sexual orientation.
However, the charges against Clarke-Harris by the FA in August is over six counts of breaching FA Rule E3.1 and E3.2, in relation
to posts made between October 27, 2012, and March 6, 2013.
Clarke-Harris, now 27, will pay a fine of more than £5,000, the Football Association has announced.
A statement on the FA Spokesperson Twitter account read: ‘Peterborough United FC’s Jonson Clarke-Harris
has been suspended for four matches, fined £5,300, and is required to complete a face-to-face education
programme after admitting six breaches of FA Rule E3 in relation to social media comments posted
between 27 October 2012 and 6 March 2013.
‘The comments were insulting, abusive, improper, and brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3.1.
‘The comments also constitute an ‘aggravated breach’, which its definition is in FA Rule E3.2,
as they included reference to sexual orientation.
‘An independent regulatory commission was subsequently convened and imposed the above sanction during
a paper hearing. The publication of the written reasons will be in due course.’
Clarke-Harris will miss the Championship games against Coventry, Bournemouth, Bristol City and
Middlesbrough as a result.
By Taiyelolu A