Controversial Burnley figure handed social media punishment

Burnley striker Andre Gray has been handed a four-game ban by the FA, report BBC Sport.

The 25-year-old has been found guilty of misconduct in relation to comments made on social media a number of years ago.

After spearheading their promotion last season, the former Brentford man’s absence will serve as a big blow to Sean Dyche as he looks to stave off a relegation battle at Turf Moor.

He’ll miss the Clarets’ clashes with Watford, Arsenal, Everton and Southampton, leaving the likes of Sam Vokes to lead the line for Lancashire outfit.

A big money signing for Burnley last season, Gray notched 23 goals as Dyche returned the club to the top flight at the first time of asking.

A £25,000 fine has also been laid at his door, though he has asked for forgiveness after the social media posts emerged.

Progressing through the league systems, tweets posted during his non-league days were discovered after his profile was boosted following his goal against Liverpool.