Former England defender fined over gay slur to Antony Cotton on Twitter

Lancashire Telegraph: UNDER ATTACK Coronation Street star Antony Cotton, left, received homophobic messages from Michael Ball while he was taking part in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! UNDER ATTACK Coronation Street star Antony Cotton, left, received homophobic messages from Michael Ball while he was taking part in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

A FORMER England defender has been fined by the football authorities for sending homophobic messages to Coronation Street star Antony Cotton.

In the heaviest financial penalty ever imposed by them for homophobia, the Football Association gave former Everton and Manchester City full-back Michael Ball a £6,000 punishment.

Ball, 32, used social media site Twitter to abuse the Edenfield-born actor during the soap star’s stint in the jungle as part of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, last November.

The message, which included various profanities, alluded to Mr Cotton’s sexuality, accused him of “moaning” and urged him to “get back to your sewing machine in Corrie”.

The message was later deleted from the site.

Liverpool born Ball, who has also represented Rangers, PSV Eindhoven and played for Leicester City this season, won an England cap under Sven-Goran Eriksson against Spain in 2001.

After deciding that the message brought the game into disrepute, the FA also warned Ball about his future conduct.

Earlier this week Leicester City reached a mutual agreement to cancel his contract.

He made his last appearance for the Foxes in a Carling Cup tie at Cardiff back in September and the club said the decision was made on footballing grounds.

Mr Cotton, who plays Sean Tully in the long-running soap, has not commented on the matter.

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11:04am Fri 27 Jan 12

Redbike says...

Political Correctness gone mad again I see.
Political Correctness gone mad again I see. Redbike

11:10am Fri 27 Jan 12

DalV AlucarD says...

Few words to Antony for this so called soccer player. See you in court.
Few words to Antony for this so called soccer player. See you in court. DalV AlucarD

11:44am Fri 27 Jan 12

jackmetickler says...

oops darent say anything ..... you never know who wants some publicity and a few quid....
I mean how terrible of him .... no wonder the poor little lovey is upset.
oops darent say anything ..... you never know who wants some publicity and a few quid.... I mean how terrible of him .... no wonder the poor little lovey is upset. jackmetickler

8:40pm Sat 28 Jan 12

pdb951 says...

I would think this is the Homophobic tip of the footballing iceberg.
After all those players are all butch hetrosexuals , are they not?
Surely they can not be in denial
I would think this is the Homophobic tip of the footballing iceberg. After all those players are all butch hetrosexuals , are they not? Surely they can not be in denial pdb951

8:43pm Sat 28 Jan 12

pdb951 says...

I think the fine was wrong. He should have been treated in the same was as if he had been racist.
I think the fine was wrong. He should have been treated in the same was as if he had been racist. pdb951

8:45pm Sat 28 Jan 12

pdb951 says...

I think the fine was wrong. He should have been treated in the same was as if he had been racist.
I think the fine was wrong. He should have been treated in the same was as if he had been racist. pdb951

12:56pm Sun 29 Jan 12

Coeur de Lion says...

What a crazy world we live in when you can beat up someone in the street and walk away with a slap on the wrist but dare to say anything "homophobic" or "racist" and the full weight of the law will be brought to bear. What ever happened to "sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me" Soft Gits, get a life.
What a crazy world we live in when you can beat up someone in the street and walk away with a slap on the wrist but dare to say anything "homophobic" or "racist" and the full weight of the law will be brought to bear. What ever happened to "sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me" Soft Gits, get a life. Coeur de Lion

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