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Fulham midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe has been charged with aggravated misconduct by reference to sexual orientation after he tweed comments about Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford.

The former Manchester United midfielder has until next Thursday to respond, and faces the same fate that befell ex-Chelsea defender Robert Huth in January.

Huth was banned for two games and fined £15,000 for comments he made on social media related to gender reassignment.

He admitted breaching Football Association rules by interacting with a Twitter account that asked users to guess the gender of individuals in explicit pictures.

The FA said the offence was “an aggravated breach” due to the subject.

Huth agreed to complete a mandatory education course, and missed the matches at home to QPR and away at Newcastle.

Depending on the outcome of Tunnicliffe’s case, he could also be light of pocket and miss the first two games of next season.