FOOTBALL: Glentoran suspend Knight

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GLENTORAN Football Club last night (Thursday) suspended striker Leon Knight pending an investigation into comments the striker made on a social networking site on Wednesday.

Knight sparked an online row after he posted controversial remarks regarding homosexuality on Twitter.

Users of the social network site – including a number of the former Coleraine striker’s followers – voiced their anger at the comments.

Glentoran issued a statement last night which read: “The Board of Directors confirms that Leon Knight has been placed on investigatory suspension.

“This is without prejudice pending an investigation into the alleged comments made by him via social media. The club will not comment further on this issue until this investigation has

been concluded.”

Back in February Knight became the first Irish League player to be suspended for comments made on Twitter.

The striker was then hit with a three-match ban – which was successfully appealed by

Glentoran – but the Irish FA imposed a £500 suspended fine based on the player’s future conduct.

In a statement yesterday the Association said: “The Irish FA are aware of the situation regarding recent comments made by Leon knight on Twitter.

“The Appeals board will be looking into this situation in order to determine whether the suspended sanction imposed on Leon Knight on 15 February 2012 has been breached. If it has the appropriate action will be taken.

“Regarding this specific situation made this week, the correspondence has been forwarded to the Disciplinary Committee for consideration and appropriate action.”