West Bromwich Albion striker Charlie Austin has been quizzed over tweets he directed at Southampton fans on Saturday night.
The 30-year-old joined the Baggies from the Saints last summer and he has played his part to help Albion to the top of the Championship.
Austin took time away from the pitch to share his opinion on the dangers of social media after former Love Island host Caroline Flack died.
One Saints fan then took it upon himself to reply to Austin, attacking his efforts for his former club – and the striker’s reply has gained much criticism.
The Athletic journalist Steve Madeley has now confirmed that Austin has been quizzed by the Football Association about his various tweets, which including a number of swear words.
NEW: @TheAthleticUK understands the FA have asked Charlie Austin for his observations regarding his tweets about Southampton fans on Saturday night. Austin’s tweets included the phrases ‘cheeky c**t’ and ‘shit fans’. #WBA #WBAFC
— Steve Madeley (@SteveMadeley78) February 17, 2020
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It is also claimed that Austin will now have three working days to respond to the FA, who have strict guidelines on social media usage by professional footballers.
Those guidelines claim: “At all times, act in the best interests of the game and shall not act in any manner that is improper or brings the game into disrepute.”
Why Charlie Austin felt the need to cause such a debate is anyone’s guess and it wasn’t a good look for the player.
The striker may feel he had every right to reply, but he is in a position that is admired by many and he knows that anything he says on social media will be scrutinised.
Therefore, this was inevitable after the language he used and it will be a frustration for Slaven Bilic and the player as he prepares for his punishment.