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FA investigates Stoke City’s Robert Huth on gender-related tweets

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Everton’s Marouane Fellaini, left, and Stoke City’s Robert Huth battle for the ball during their English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke, England, Saturday Dec. 15, 2012. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/PA, Dave Thompson) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE


The Football Association is investigating Stoke City defender Robert Huth over Twitter replies trying to guess the gender of individuals pictured in explicit images.

The 30-year-old German reportedly replied 12 times to an account that asked users to guess the gender based on a series of photos. Thinking better of the decision, Huth went back and deleted the tweets before sending the following tweet of apology:

“Clearly no offence was meant or directed to anyone but apologies if I’ve offended anyone.”

Stoke City declined to comment on the center-back, who injures have limited to make only three appearances this season.

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Just two weeks ago Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was suspended for one match, fined 25,000 pounds and told to attend an education course by the FA after posting an Instagram image that appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references.

While the specific substance of Huth’s tweets are not currently known it’s nevertheless impressive that an issue of potential gender insensitivity has compelled the FA into investigation.

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