Port Vale player Tom Pope has been banned for one-match and fined £1,500 by the FA for his now deleted tweet comparing a fan to Sloth from The Goonies on Twitter.
The League Two forward has already been charged twice by the Football Association for misconduct in his posts on social media.
The FA have still to decide on potentially giving him a five-match ban for indulging in antisemitic tropes on social media after scoring against Manchester City earlier this month.
“Tom Pope has been suspended for one first-team competitive fixture and fined £1,500 after a breach of FA Rule E3 was found proven by an independent Regulatory Commission,” said the FA.
“The Port Vale FC forward denied that his Twitter comments were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.
“The independent Regulatory Commission found the charge proven on the basis that the comments were improper.”
FA disciplinary beaks found Pope guilty of making abusive or insulting comments and found the denied misconduct charge proved.
He will miss his side’s much anticipated clash against Swindon Town on Saturday, with the Valiants currently challenging for the playoffs in the League Two table.
In November, he was banned for one game after a win over Crewe the previous month, in which he had hinted at the allegation of historic sexual abuse by the club’s coaching staff.
Pope wrote: “It’s nothing to be proud of beating up kids! In saying that the kids were happy with the beating instead of a fuck…… [thumbs up emoji]”.
The FA also handed him a fine of £2,000 in June for comments on Twitter about Mansfield Town chief executive Carolyn Radford.
Pope’s ban was imposed as part of an accumulation of offences.
Fans have given their reaction after finding out that Port Vale player Tom Pope has been banned for one-match and fined £1,500 by the FA for his now deleted tweet comparing a fan to Sloth from The Goonies on Twitter…
So @Tom_Pope9 got banned for calling someone sloth from goonies ?? the FA need to grow up
— chris lampett (@Lampett88) January 23, 2020
— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) January 23, 2020
What a joke, FA haven’t a clue it’s banter.
— Steve Potts (@StevePotts16) January 23, 2020
Games gone… was fucking banter
— Jack King (@skybluejack1993) January 23, 2020
That is a crazy amount for a player in league 2. Plus over a tweet
— Stephen Shaw (@shawsy88) January 23, 2020
— Lewis (@lewisjw15) January 23, 2020
— zac? (@Afczacknowsball) January 23, 2020
What a farce the FA have become
— Tom Cooper (@theredfez) January 23, 2020
Where’s the go fund me page?
— Adrian Green (@ado141) January 23, 2020
Games gone mad.
— Michael (@MJCQPR) January 23, 2020
Why?! I love reading @Tom_Pope9 tweets. The world's gone mad. x
— Donna Nuttall (@DonnaHaslam1) January 22, 2020
For having a laugh?
— TweeterDave (@TweeterDavey) January 22, 2020
Ridiculous. Unfortunately nobody has a sense of humour anymore.
— Peter Wrigley (@wrigley_peter) January 22, 2020
Imagine getting triggered over words on a screen
— JW (@diorhoodie) January 22, 2020
Fucking joke? @Tom_Pope9 is a legend
— SpencerDRFC (@DrfcSpencer) January 22, 2020