WEST HAM winger Jarrod Bowen faces a potential FA rap – after an N-word tweet from 2012 was discovered.
Bowen was just 15 at the time and on the books of Hereford Town when he posted the comment.
FA disciplinary beaks were alerted to the social media posting on Thursday evening and plan to contact Bowen.
Previous historic messages have led to fines and bans for players.
But as Bowen was still a schoolboy at the time it is more likely he will receive no more than a warning and reminder from the FA.
One of the most shocking cases of historic tweets came from Watford striker Andre Gray.
In 2012 he had written on the social network: “Is it me or are there gays everywhere?”
Any doubts over the 25-year-old’s meaning were surely ended when he added: “#Burn #Die #MakesMeSick.”
Openly-gay rugby referee Nigel Owens hit back: “It’s your comments that makes decent human beings sick@AndreGray7. No wonder no one can be themselves in soccer.”
And fellow tweeter @fishoutdolanout said: “What a vile and disgusting tweet.”
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Gray responded with what he called a ‘sincere and unreserved apology to anybody I have offended’ and insisted he is now a ‘completely different person’.
He was charged by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute.
That saw him banned for four matches and fined £25,000 for the homophobic comments.