Wanderers forward Dion Charles has made the following statement regarding historic social media messages posted on his Twitter account a number of years ago.
The statement read:
“First of all, I want to say how sorry I am for the hurt I have caused to those who have read my tweets.
“I particularly want to apologise to the LGBTQ+ and Muslim communities for the offensive words I used.
“There is no place in football or society as a whole for discriminatory and hateful views and I want to make it clear that I have grown up considerably since I posted those tweets many years ago. I am not racist and I am not homophobic.
“I know that Bolton Wanderers Football Club works hard to promote inclusion and kick out hatred and I completely support this.
“I will do everything while I am representing this club to help make football a game for everyone.
“Once again, I wish to reiterate how sorry I am for the offence and embarrassment my actions may have caused.”