Manchester United’s Federico Macheda is paying a £15,000 fine from the Football Association for making homophobic comments on Twitter.
The 20-year-old striker, who’s currently on loan at QPR, has also been warned about his future conduct.
Former United-starlet Ravel Morrison was fined £7,000 and ex-Manchester City man Michael Ball £6,000 for related cases last month.
An FA statement said: “Federico Macheda has been fined £15,000 and warned as to his future conduct after the Manchester United player admitted use of an abusive and/or insulting word including a reference to a person’s sexual orientation.
“Macheda had requested a personal hearing in relation to the charge for comments he made on Twitter.”
Macheda had stated that he would delete his Twitter account, however there have been Tweets since that claim.
The fines have come in the wake of the FA’s new six-year plan to tackle the issue of homophobia in football. ‘Opening Doors and Joining In’ was launched on February 20 and aims to tackle issues of prejudice in the sport.
On February 25 semi-professional football team Hyde FC joined the fight against homophobia in football as The Justin Campaign helped to organise the first LGBT sponsored match ball.
The club wore ‘Football v Homophobia’ shirts before kick-off and played with a LGBT campaign group ‘Just A Ball Game?’ sponsored ball in a bid to give prejudice behaviour the red card.