Ball fined for homophobic tweet
Former England defender Michael Ball has been fined £6,000 by The Football Association for making homophobic comments on Twitter.
The FA says it is the highest fine received by a player for homophobia.
Ball admitted acting in an improper way after he was charged for a tweet about Coronation Street actor Anthony Cotton.
The ex-Everton and Manchester City left-back, 32, has been warned about his future conduct.
The remarks have since been deleted from Ball’s Twitter account.
The governing body has previously warned players about their conduct when using social media.
An FA spokesman told the BBC the message was reinforced to clubs and players last week.
Mr Cotton, 36, has played gay character Sean Tully since joining the Coronation Street cast in 2003. He recently appeared in reality television show I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.
From BBC Sport