Arsenal midfielder Frimpong charged over tweet
Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been charged by the Football Association with improper conduct following a recent Twitter post.
According to an FA statement on its website, Frimpong posted a comment “amounting to improper conduct and/or which brought the game into disrepute”.
The comment is believed to have “included a reference to ethnic origin, faith or race”.
The Ghana-born midfielder has until 4pm on 27 July to respond to the charge.
Frimpong is alleged to have posted a comment on his official Twitter account on 15 July which read “if you going church today Pray For me Giving today A Miss”.
A Tottenham fan responded with “I prayed you break your arms and legs”, which Frimpong retweeted and then allegedly replied with a derogatory term.
Frimpong quickly removed the tweet, but it sparked a debate on the social networking site among supporters of both clubs and did not escape The FA’s attention.
Soon after The FA’s statement, Frimpong responded on his twitter account to the charge.
He said: “Just wanna Say didn’t even no the word is offensive as u hear it all the time but u live and learn from ur mistakes Have a gd afternoon”
Arsenal have also responded to the charge by reiterating they have made Frimpong aware of his responsibilities.
A Gunners spokesman said: “We are aware of The FA charge. As previously stated, Emmanuel has been reminded of his responsibilities when representing the club.
“Emmanuel will respond to the charge by 27 July as requested.”
The term that the midfielder is believed to have posted has been used to identify Tottenham supporters because of the proportion of Jewish supporters at the club.
From BBC Sport