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Tunnicliffe banned for two games after ‘sausage boy’ tweet

Ryan Tunnicliffe has been handed a two-game ban and fined £5,000 after admitting an FA charge of aggravated misconduct by reference to sexual orientation after tweeting an offensive message directed at the former Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford.

Tunicliffe tweeted the following Middlesbrough’s play-off final defeat by Norwich City:

Happy that Middlesbrough didn’t go up, just for the main fact that @Patrick_Bamford is a sausage boy

The message has subsequently been deleted from the 22 year-old’s Twitter account. He will now have to attend a mandatory education course.

Fulham’s own brief statement on the matter added:

The Club, which has a zero tolerance policy for anti-social behaviour of any kind, can also confirm that it will be taking action against Ryan for his unacceptable actions. 

The former Manchester United midfielder, who joined Fulham last January, made two appearances under Rene Meulensteen before being loan to Wigan Athletic. He enjoyed a successful spell at Blackburn Rovers after being considered surplus to requirements by Felix Magath before Kit Symons recalled him from loan duty and restored him to Fulham’s midfield. Tunnicliffe made 24 appearances for the first team last season and also captained the club’s under-21 side.

Tunnicliffe charged by FA

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.