FA issues warning to Burnley player care consultant for liking Islamophobic social media posts | football news

The Football Association has issued a warning to a Burnley player care adviser after she liked several Islamophobic posts on social media.

Laura Wolfe liked several posts on X in the wake of the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, 2023.

Sky Sports News Wolfe is understood to be employed externally by Burnley as a player care consultant and had a close working relationship with Vincent Kompany and the first team.

The FA issued a formal warning, but Wolfe was not charged and the matter was not referred to an Independent Regulatory Commission.

Kompany, who appeared in the The hidden talent of football has just released a documentary exploring the lack of South Asian representation in English football, as coach of Bayern Munich.

Burnley has a significant South Asian population, with the majority of the community coming from Muslim backgrounds.

In a sentence, anti-discrimination campaign group throw it out confirmed they had passed the allegations on to the FA, urging everyone involved in football to be cautious about engaging on social media due to the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza.

A statement from Kick It Out read: “Kick It Out is aware of the Football Association’s decision to formally warn a club contractor over his social media activity.

“From the outset, we passed the allegations on to the FA and the club, and kept the complainant informed, as is our usual policy.

“As the conflict in Israel and Gaza continues, we urge all those involved in football to be cautious with their participation on social media, which could endorse words or have impacts that we do not intend.

“We also reiterate the recent call from our Football Islamophobia Working Group to adopt the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Working Definition of Islamophobia so that all stakeholders work to the same standard.”

Burnley and the PFA have been contacted for comment by Sky Sports News.

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