Newcastle United's Nile Ranger fined £6,000 by FA for making homophobic remarks on Twitter

The 20-year-old, along with Walsall's Manny Smith have been found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute following their posts on the social networking website
Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has been fined £6,000 by the FA for making homophobic remarks on the social networking site Twitter.

The 20-year-old was also warned over his future conduct after being charged along with Manchester United striker Federico Macheda on Monday.

The pair were accused of acting in a way which was 'improper and/or brought the game into disrepute' which included 'a reference to a person's or persons' sexual orientation'.

Walsall's Manny Smith was also charged by the FA for a similar incident and was fined £1,200 but no details of Macheda's case were confirmed.

An FA statement said: "Newcastle United's Nile Ranger and Walsall's Manny Smith have been fined £6,000 and £1,200 respectively and both warned as to their future conduct after each admitting a charge of using abusive and/or insulting words including a reference to a person's sexual orientation.

"The charges relate to Twitter comments and both players requested a paper hearing."

Former Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrision was fined £7,000 last week by the FA after making a homophobic comment on Twitter.

The 19-year-old, who moved to West Ham in January, replied to another Twitter user in an offensive manner and was subsequently charged and warned about his future conduct.