Liverpool's Suso fined for calling Jose Enrique "gay" on Twitter
Liverpool teenager Suso has been hit with a £10,000 fine for branding team-mate Jose Enrique "gay" on Twitter.
Last Updated: 18/12/12 9:14pm
The 19-year-old admitted a charge of improper conduct at a Football Association hearing, who have also warned Suso over his future behaviour.
The midfielder posted a photo of Enrique having his teeth whitened and wrote: "This guy is gay... he does everything except play football."
Suso soon deleted the comment and uploaded the photo again, accompanied by the comment: "I dunno what to say..."
An FA statement read: "Following an independent regulatory commission hearing, Liverpool's Jesus Fernandez Saez (Suso) has been fined £10,000 and warned as to his future conduct for a comment posted on Twitter.
"The charge, which the player admitted and requested a paper hearing, was that he acted in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute in that the comment was posted on his Twitter account and included a reference to a person/s sexual orientation and/or disability."
However, the scale of the punishment handed out to Suso was a surprise for Enrique, who took to Twitter to defend the youngster.
"Is amazing how FA can fine my friend Suso Fernandez for a banter thing. Was just a joke!!!" the Spaniard wrote.