gay4soccer Poll: Should There Be More Consequences for Homophobic Language?

This week we covered Vancouver’s Lee Nguyen sending a Tweet with homophobic language to teammate Brad Knighton.

He apologized, and we took his apology and desire to do more to make up for the Tweet as sincere. But there have been recent cases — in both other sports here in the US and in soccer abroad — of stiff penalties handed down to players who have Tweeted similar things.

Hockey minor leaguer Justin Fontaine received a two-game suspension for a Tweet about the Foo Fighters with the same f-word used by Nguyen during the Grammies.

Today the English FA charged West Ham’s Ravel Morrison for using homophobic language on Twitter and recent Tweets involving that f-word have resulted in fines of thousands of pounds.

So what should the US Soccer Federation and Major League Soccer do? Should they do more, or is the way Nguyen’s situation has been handled both by  himself and by the Whitecaps sufficient?

If you have any other thoughts or solutions, please leave them in the comments.

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Posted on 02/15/2012, in Issues and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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