Marc Bola: Middlesbrough defender charged by FA over nine-year-old social media post

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Marc Bola was a graduate of Arsenal's academy. He previously played for Blackpool, before moving to Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough defender Marc Bola was charged by the FA with misconduct over a social media post he made nine years ago.

This charge refers to a post that "is offensive and/or abusive, and/or inappropriate", which could also include a reference about sexual orientation.

Bola, aged 23, made the alleged post on April 14, 2012.

Bola, who made five Championship appearances this season for Boro, has until September 20th to respond.

If the case goes to a hearing, an independent regulator commission will consider the facts of the position.

Jarrod Bowen, a West Ham winger, was indicted by the FA for a tweet he wrote when he was 15 years old. It contained a racist term.

Bowen, who apologized for his post, was sent a warning from the FA a month later. He was told to take an FA education course.