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Thursday 21 August 2014

Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong charged over Twitter remarks

The FA charged Emmanuel Frimpong over comments he made on Twitter

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association relating to recent comments on Twitter.

The 20-year-old fan responded to a Tottenham fan on July 15 and although he shortly removed the comment from the social networking site, it has not escaped the attention of the FA.



"Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong has been charged under FA Rule E3 for improper conduct in relation to recent comments made on Twitter," said a statement on the FA's official website.



"The allegation is that Frimpong posted comments amounting to improper conduct and/or which brought the game into disrepute, which included a reference to ethnic origin, faith or race.



"The player has until 4pm on 27 July 2012 to respond to the charge."



The 20-year-old is recovering from a serious knee injury sustained while on loan at Wolves.



After posting a message on his official Twitter account which read "if you going church today Pray For me Giving today A Miss", the Gunners midfielder retweeted a response from one Tottenham fan which read: "I prayed you break your arms and legs", to which Frimpong replied " Scum Yid".



It sparked a mass debate on the social network site among supporters from both Arsenal and Tottenham.



One was retweeted by Frimpong, which read: "You can't go around wanting players to break limbs, no matter who you play for. embarrassed to be a yid right now!"



The term has been used for decades to identify Tottenham supporters because of the proportion of Jewish supporters at the north London club.



Last year, comedian David Baddiel launched a campaign to stamp out use of the word in football chants, which can be viewed as anti-Semitic.



However, many Spurs fans use the term "Yid army" themselves as a 'badge of honour' and claim they are not offended by it.



An Arsenal spokesperson said: "We are aware of the FA charge. As previously stated, Emmanuel has been reminded of his responsibilities when representing the club.



"Emmanuel will respond to the charge by July 27 as requested."

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