Burnley striker Andre Gray has apologised and asked “for forgiveness” after homophobic tweets he sent in 2012 were shared on social media.
The tweet, which was originally posted in 2012, began to circulate online just minutes after the final whistle in Burnley’s Premier League win over Liverpool at the weekend.
In the original tweet, which has since been deleted, he said: “Is it me or are there gays everywhere? # Burn # Die # MakesMeSick.”
The former Luton and Brentford star was a semi-professional with Hinckley four years ago when he wrote a string of controversial tweets, including his homophobic barb.
However, Gray has taken to social media to apologise and ask for “forgiveness”.
He wrote: “I would like to respond to media reports with regards to previous tweets posted from my twitter account.
“Firstly, I want to offer a sincere and unreserved apology to anybody I may have offended in relation to these tweets.
“The tweets were posted four years ago when I was a completely different person to the man I am now.
“I was at a very different point in my life back then – one that I’ve worked hard to move on from.
“Thankfully a lot has changed in my life since then. I have experienced a lot over the past four years and have had to take responsibility for a number of things in my life which has enabled me to mature and grow as a person since that time.
“I have a lot of regrets regarding a number of things I’ve done in the past and realise I have made some big mistakes, none more so than these tweets, but I would like to stress that I’ve worked incredibly hard to transform my life since that time.
“To clarify, I do not hold the beliefs written in those tweets whatsoever. I can assure everybody that I am absolutely not homophobic and as said previously I can only apologise and ask for forgiveness to anyone I offend.
“Thankfully I am not the guy I was back then and will continue to work hard both on and off the pitch to become a better person.”
The club released a statement saying it does not condone “discriminatory behaviour” but added “these are social posts from four years ago, and in this time he has completely transformed his life”.