Anorak | Oxford City footballer Lee Steele sacked for homophobic tweet

Oxford City footballer Lee Steele sacked for homophobic tweet

by | 11th, January 2012

UNWANTED footballer of the Day is Oxford City’s Lee Steele, formerly of Shrewsbury, Oxford United. Brighton and Leyton Orient. He’s been sacked from Southern Football League Premier Division club for saying something unsayable on twitter to his 545 followers about gay former Wales rugby player Gareth Thomas, currently appearing on Celebrity Big Brother. (Steele’s twitter page has been removed.)

As Steele wrote on twitter:

“I wouldn’t fancy the bed next to Gareth Thomas #padlockmyarse”

The top brass at Oxford City FC debated the tweet and ruled:

“Following a Board Meeting last night the club have issued the following brief statement to the FA. The Oxford City board have decided to release Lee Steele in view of his recent comment via social media which is considered seriously contrary to the ethos of the club.”

Is twitter a real place where normal behaviour rules? Why does Steele get sacked but others who say far worse (calling for a woman to be raped and murdered ) escape? One word: football. Clubs are expected to control their players and fans behaviour on twitter and in the stands. There can be no hiding place. But how can everyone be made to comply? Will fans and player be asked questions?

1. Do you have black friends? If black, do agree with Diane Abbott ?
2. Have

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