Crawley Town's Hope Akpan accepts FA misconduct fine
Akpan began his career with Premier League side Everton
Crawley Town midfielder Hope Akpan has been fined £1,200 by the Football Association for homophobic comments posted on his Twitter account.
The 20-year-old former Everton trainee admitted a charge of "acting in a manner which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute".
He insists the comments were written by a younger family member, who would not come forward.
Akpan told the club website: "I did not write the words. They're not my views."
"This is a very harsh lesson for me but given the circumstances I had no option but to plead guilty.
I will not be taking any further disciplinary against him as we do not for one minute believe he made that inappropriate comment
Crawley Town boss Steve Evans
"It is clear that the person I thought would stand up for his actions did not and it has come with a heavy price to myself.
"I am told the FA were very sympathetic over what actually happened but they must still act in line with their rules."
Red Devils boss Steve Evans said: "I really feel sorry for Hope. Another person should be ashamed of themselves and all they have done is create a difficult situation for the most honest and genuine lad anyone could wish to meet.
"I will not be taking any further disciplinary against him as we do not for one minute believe he made that inappropriate comment. If you know him and the values he has, you would know he did not."
Akpan, who has made 14 appearances for the Reds this season, has also been warned as to his future conduct.
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