Manchester United Striker Fined £15,000 For Homophobic Tweet

The Manchester striker Federico Macheda has been fined £15,000 ($24,000) for admitting to tweeting a homophobic slur.

This is the latest in a series of fines – many of which have been slapped on sports figures – for inappropriate tweeting.

Macheda was charged with getting involved in an argument with a member of the public on Twitter last month, ending up tweeting the following:

“Shhhhhh u little stupid gay!”

The Guardian reports that the Football Association explained Macheda’s large fine:

“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.”

The striker is now appealing his fine, apparently disgruntled with the fact that the Football Association didn’t take his willingness to cooperate into consideration when slapping him with what he considers too large a fine.

Newcastle forward, Nile Ranger, and Walsall’s Manny Smith were also charged with tweeting homophobic slurs alongside Macheda, and fined £6,000 and £1,200 respectively.

And as much as $24,000 sounds like a lot, it’s not nearly the highest amount a sports personality has been charged for inappropriate tweeting.

A former Indy 500 winner was fined $30,000 for bashing the IndyCar director on Twitter in September. And Newcastle’s Jose Enrique was fined £100,000 for tweeting about the Newcastle club’s owner.

And the big fish: Miami Heat owner Micky Arison was fined $500,000 for tweeting about the NBA lockout in November.

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