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Alfie Barker Charged By The FA Over Tweets Directed At Harry Arter

Alfie Barker Charged By The FA Over Tweets Directed At Harry Arter
By Darren Holland

The non-league footballer, Alfie Barker, who published a heinous tweet directed at Irish international, Harry Arter has been charged by the FA.

The tweet would ultimately have a detrimental effect on his life. Barker subsequently lost his day-job as a local butcher, while having his contract at the club terminated following the ordeal.

On Wednesday afternoon the FA disciplined the youngster for his actions. The statement from the English football governing body read;

It is alleged the player posted comments which were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute contrary to Rule E3 (1).

Similarly, Burnley attacker, Andre Gray was also charged with bringing the game into disrepute for a number of sexist and homophobic tweets published while playing for non-league Hinckley Town in 2012. The English striker was fined £25,000 and served a four-match ban in 2016. Whether or not Barker will face similar punishment awaits to be seen.

In an interview with BBC Three Counties earlier this month, the 18-year old stated that he fabricated information about his account being hacked and cited mixing his ADHD medication with alcohol for the reasoning behind the tweet.

On the show, Barker claimed that he regretted the decision and was hoping that society - and football - would grant him a second opportunity despite displaying poor character on more than one occasion.

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I just wasn't thinking. I was at home watching the game, having a few beers - just weren't thinking about it [the medication].

I think I should be allowed play football again. I'm eighteen years old and everybody makes mistakes.

Alfie Barker must respond to the charge by the 25th of January 2017.

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