Championship striker Jonson Clarke-Harris has been given a four-match ban by the FA for some of his old social media posts that have been discovered from when he was 18.
Clarke-Harris is now 27, but has also been fined £5,300 for his historical posts which means that he will be out of action for his side Peterborough United until at least October 20.
The English forward will miss Championship games against Coventry, Bournemouth, Bristol City and Middlesborough as part of his FA ban.
Peterborough are already struggling in the Championship and sit dangerously above the relegation zone, and will have to alter their starting line-up as Clarke-Harris has so far featured in every league game.
The 27-year-old was 18 at the time that he posted his inappropriate comments on social media, with the posts being made between a period ranging from 27 October 2012 to 6 March 2013.
Clarke-Harris is also required to complete a face-to-face education programme while serving his four-game suspension based on the comments he has been sanctioned for by the FA.
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The FA released a statement about the comments Clarke-Harris posted between 2012-2013, which read: "The comments were insulting, abusive, improper and brought the game into disrepute."
Clarke-Harris admitted six breaches of FA's rule E3, some breaching FA Rule E3.2, as they included reference to sexual orientation.
Although the striker was initially charged by the FA back in August, his four-game ban has now been enforced and the remainder of his punishment has now come into effect, which is a big blow for Peterborough.
Peterborough were in the relegation places at the beginning of this week, but following Derby County's 12-point deduction the Posh have climbed out of the bottom three.
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