Toon Striker Fined £6,000
By Footy Mad - Editor
Updated Friday, 2nd March 2012
Is this the first of many fines?
Newcastle forward Nile Ranger has been handed a fine ahead of his up and coming 'season ticket' at Newcastle Crown Court for a fist-full of incidents.
Ranger and Walsall's Manny Smith have been fined £6,000 and £1,200 respectively and warned as to their future conduct after admitting making homophobic comments on Twitter.
The pair were charged by the Football Association on Monday along with Manchester United striker Federico Macheda.
All three were accused of acting in a way which was "improper and/or brought the game into disrepute", including "a reference to a person's or persons' sexual orientation".
An FA statement: "Newcastle United's Nile Ranger and Walsall's Manny Smith have been fined £6,000 and £1,200 respectively and both warned as to their future conduct after each admitting a charge of using abusive and/or insulting words including a reference to a person's sexual orientation.
"The charges relate to Twitter comments and both players requested a paper hearing."