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Statement on Morrison

Filed: Wednesday, 8th February 2012
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United have issued a statement after new signing Ravel Morrison was accused of making a homophobic comment via Twitter.

The 19-year-old former Manchester United youngster - who is yet to kick a ball in anger for his new club - is understood to have referred to an unnamed individual as a 'faggot', after he was abused via the popular social network by the keyboard warrior.

As a result, a number of sources - many of whom will probably have never heard of the player - have leapt to condemn Morrison for his comment, which it has been assumed by those sources was a homophobic reference.

This afternoon West Ham released a statement confirming that they would be speaking with the FA in due course. "West Ham United are aware that the FA have written to Ravel Morrison asking for his observations regarding comments on Twitter," it read.

"Ravel and the club will co-operate fully with the FA's request and have until Monday evening to respond. There will be no further comment from West Ham United or Ravel at this stage."

Faggot: the many meanings
(sources: dictionary.reference.com, urbandictionary.com)

1. A contemptuous word for a woman

2. A bundle of iron bars

3. A bundle of something

4. A ball of chopped meat, traditional fayre in Wales and the Midlands

5. An offensive reference to a homosexual

6. A stupid person

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