Liverpool starlet Harvey Elliott has been handed a two-week FA ban for mocking England skipper Harry Kane as a “f****** m***”.
Elliott was told he will automatically face another ban if he does not undertake an FA education course by February.
And the England under-17 player was also given a rocket by Reds skipper Jordan Henderson, who read him the riot act and told him he had damaged the image of the club..
Teenage winger Elliott, who joined the Anfield side from Fulham in the summer, posted a video on Snapchat on June 1, the day of Spurs’ Champions League Final defeat to Liverpool.
Putting on a fake voice, Elliott said: “I’m Harry Kane and I’m a f****** m***” while also grunting.
The video went viral after Elliott, 16, posted it on his girlfriend’s account, with the youngster making a public apology to Kane at the end of July.
FA disciplinary beaks received a complaint from the Centre for Access to Football in Europe accusing Elliott of post a derogatory message.
Elliott was charged with “aggravated” misconduct because of the reference to disability.
The youngster, who admitted the charge, initially told the FA he was not aware of the meaning of the word “m***” believing it equated to “idiot”.
Elliott suggested the clip had been leaked without his consent but was only meant to be “a bit of teasing”, adding that he did not know at the time that he would be soon joining Liverpool.
He then wrote to the FA hearing apologising “unreservedly” for his “error of judgement”, claiming the comments were only made to “wind up” some Spurs-supporting friends and not aimed directly at Kane.
Liverpool club secretary Danny Stanway said the club had hauled Elliott over the coals with Henderson reiterating the message and how the incident had damaged the club.
In its written reasons for banning Elliott and fining him £350, the independent FA commission, including former Blackburn and England winger Stuart Ripley, said the case was “clearly serious” made worse by the spread on social media platforms.
A ban of six matches was considered but discounted because of Elliott’s age and clean disciplinary record, his belief that the message would be kept in a private group and subsequent apology.
Source: The Sun