FA charge Leeds United director Edoardo Cellino for offensive comments to fan on social media

Edoardo Cellino reportedly labelled a fan a "spastic" and a "moron" via Facebook

FA charge Leeds United director Edoardo Cellino for offensive comments to fan on social media

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The Football Association have charged Leeds United director, Edoardo Cellino, with misconduct over offensive remarks he made to a fan via Facebook.

Edoardo, son of controversial owner Massimo Cellino, was involved in a number of private messages exchanged where he reportedly called a supporter a “spastic” and a “moron”.

“After receiving a lot of abusive messages my emotions got the better of me and I reacted in a way that was unprofessional" he told The Daily Mail.

“I believe the messages were private but I know I should not have done this. I did not fully understand the severity of the words used as English is not my first language. Again, I can only apologise.”

In a statement, the FA said: “It is alleged the comments were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper in contravention of Rule E3(1). It is further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) is an ‘Aggravated Breach’ as defined in Rule E3(2), as it includes a reference to disability. He has until 11 April 2016 to respond to the charge.”