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Crawley player under investigation after homophobic rant

Crawley Town youngster Hope Akpan (pictured) is at the centre of a Football Association investigation, after homophobic remarks were posted on the midfielder's Twitter account.

Although the post was quickly removed from the social networking site, and despite Crawley chiefs claiming it was a family member who posted the remarks, the FA were made aware of the post, and a full investigation will be undertaken.

His Twitter account read: 'Gays all over the tele what’s wrong with Britain! Sorry I’m #FullyHomophobic.'

The 20-year-old midfielder signed for Crawley from Everton in the summer.

Manager Steve Evans said in a statement: "I find such opinions totally unacceptable and immediately met the player. Hope confirmed that he had been made aware of the comment by a team-mate, was astonished by its content and deleted it immediately.

"Having spoken to Hope at length, I accept that the comments were added to his Twitter account by a young member of his family without Hope’s knowledge."

By Vas Kakouris

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