Everton defender Holgate warned for alleged homophobic tweets

Everton defender Mason Holgate has been warned by the FA following an investigation into tweets containing alleged homophobic slurs.

Mason Holgate and Bobby Madley during January's FA Cup clash   -  Getty Images

Mason Holgate has been warned by the Football Association (FA) after allegedly posting homophobic insults on Twitter earlier in his career.

The Everton defender deleted his Twitter account after historical messages - dated between 2012 and 2013 - were uncovered that included offensive language.

This followed January's Merseyside derby in which Holgate alleged that Roberto Firmino used a discriminatory comment towards him. The Liverpool striker was cleared of wrongdoing.

The FA has now concluded its investigation into Holgate, giving the player a warning and directing him to undertake a mandatory inclusion programme.

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