Gray handed three-match ban by FA

Burnley striker Andre Gray will miss the visit of Watford on Monday after he incurred a three-match ban from the Football Association relating to posts on social media.

The 25-year-old landed in hot water with English football's governing body last month for homophobic comments he made on Twitter back in 2012.

Gray was found guilty at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Thursday and was also fined £25,000, after admitting to three of the six charges brought against him.

The former non-league hotshot, who was warned as to his future conduct and ordered to attend an FA education course, begins his suspension with immediate effect, which ruled him out of the games against Arsenal (H) and Southampton (A).

Gray fired Sean Dyche's side back into the Premier League last season with 23 goals in 43 appearances to win the Golden Boot and the Championship Player of the Year. He got off the mark in the top flight with a goal in the 2-0 win over Liverpool last month.

Social media was quick to react to the news, calling out the FA for waiting four years to punish a player: