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Pope charged with FA breach

Port Vale's Tom Pope have been charged by the FA over a social media post.

It follows a comment on Twitter by the forward on 5 January, following their game against Manchester City, which was perceived to be anti-Semitic. 

He deleted the tweet, and released a statement apologising for causing offence.

The club said it was carrying out its own investigation.

Now, the FA say his social media activity breaches FA Rule E3(1) as it was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute. 

It is also alleged that his social media activity constitutes an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included a reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or religion and/or ethnic origin.

Pope has until 12 February to respond.

In January, he served a one match ban and was handed a £1,500 fine over a separate post on social media relating to Manchester City's John Stones.

Port Vale have released this statement: "Tom Pope has been charged by the FA for writing an allegedly anti-Semitic social media post.

"The Port Vale forward strongly denies allegations that his Twitter comments made "a reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or religion and/or ethnic origin" and will vigorously defend the charge."

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