Whilst watching the hotly contested Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, Coventry defender Chris Stokes tweeted the outrageous remark ‘Bunch of F***ots’ in his commentary reference towards the players.
The player has since taken to the social media site to apologise saying “I’d like to apologise for any offence I’ve caused. It was a brainless moment from me and I’m really disappointed in myself for using that term, I’m not homophobic at all.”
He added. “However, I know it’s not acceptable by any means and I’m really sorry to any of our supporters or any of the wider public who have been offended by the remark.”
He also subsequently claimed he didn’t know what the term meant as he tweeted afterwards..
The Mirror reported that The club also issued a statement which stated. “The club will have an internal investigation into Chris Stokes’ behaviour on social media and his use of the term.
“The club would like to stress that it is completely unacceptable for any of our players or staff to express such remarks at any time.
“Coventry City FC expect the highest level of professionalism from our players as we’re a family club and we want our players to act as role models in the Coventry and Warwickshire community.
“We will work with organisations such as Kick it Out and Football v Homophobia to help educate Chris and the squad on why this term is unacceptable to make sure this doesn’t happen again in the future.”
It comes after PSG Serge Aurier was suspended for two months and forced to train with the youth team after using the same phrase to describe manager Laurent Blanc on Periscope. Other footballers have also endured heavy fines and suspensions.