Mason Holgate accused of homophobic tweets as Everton star deletes Twitter account

Fans claim to have found tweets from what appears to be Everton star's account following incident in last night's derby when he accused Liverpool's Roberto Firmino of making racist remarks


Posted Sunday, January 07, 2018 by Thesun.co.uk

MASON HOLGATE appears to have deleted his Twitter account amid accusations he made homophobic tweets in the past.

Everton star Holgate is embroiled in an alleged racism row following a bust-up with Liverpool's Roberto Firmino last night.

Mason Holgate accused of homophobic tweets as Everton star deletes Twitter account
Everton star Mason Holgate was involved in a bust-up with Roberto Firmino

The pair clashed during the first half of the 2-1 FA Cup third round win for Liverpool at Anfield.

And the FA are set to launch an inquiry after Holgate accused Brazillian striker Firmino of racially abusing him.

The alleged incident led to the Everton defender losing his cool on the pitch.

But following the match, some Liverpool fan pages on Twitter began sharing screen-grabs of Tweets claiming to have been made by Holgate.

Mason Holgate accused of homophobic tweets as Everton star deletes Twitter account
One of the tweets alleged to have been written by Mason Holgate

Mason Holgate accused of homophobic tweets as Everton star deletes Twitter account
Another tweet said to have been written by Everton defender Holgate

They appear to show the verified account @MasonHolgateee, which has belonged to the 21-year-old, making gay slurs at people he apparently knows.

One was made in 2013, with the other two in 2012 when the Premier League star was still at school.

They claim England under-21 international Holgate used homophobic slur terms "faggot" and "battyboy".

Holgate deleted his account on the social media site last night in the wake of the controversy surrounding the match - although it is not clear why he took that step.

Mason Holgate accused of homophobic tweets as Everton star deletes Twitter account
Holgate is said to have written a series of tweets years ago

In 2016, then Burnley striker Andre Gray was banned for four matches by the FA after homophobic tweets he made in 2012 were uncovered.

The Watford star made a grovelling public apology pleading for forgiveness and claimed he had changed as a person since the tweets were written.

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