Marc Bola charged by the FA for tweet he wrote at the age of 14

Middlesbrough defender Marc Bola has been charged with ‘aggravated’ misconduct for comments he made on social media nine years ago.

The 23-year-old left-back, who Boro signed from in July 2019, is alleged by the Football Association to have posted ‘a reference to sexual orientation’ in 2012, when he was 14.

An FA statement read: ‘Middlesbrough FC’s Marc Bola has been charged with a misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on April 14, 2012.

Middlesbrough defender Marc Bola has been charged with ‘aggravated’ misconduct for comments he made on social media nine years ago

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‘It is alleged that this post is insulting and/or abusive and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3.1.

‘It is further alleged that this post constitutes an ‘aggravated breach’ which is defined in FA Rule E3.2, as it included a reference to sexual orientation.

‘The defender has until September 20, 2021 to provide his response to this charge.’

London-born Bola progressed through Arsenal’s academy and had loan spells at Notts County and Bristol Rovers before completing a permanent move to Blackpool in the summer of 2018.

The 23-year-old left back is alleged by the Football Association to have posted ‘a reference to sexual orientation’ in 2012, when he was 14

He has featured in all five of Boro’s Sky Bet Championship matches this season, making four starts under manager Neil Warnock.

Bola has until September 20 to respond to the charge.

Should the case go to a hearing, an independent regulatory commission will take the circumstances of the post into consideration.

West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen was charged by the FA over a tweet which contained a racist term, slot online which he wrote when he was aged 15 in 2012.

After apologising for the tweet, Bowen was given a written warning by the FA and told to attend an FA education course. 

West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen was charged by the FA over a tweet which contained a racist term, which he wrote when he was aged 15 in 2012

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