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FA issues warning to Burnley player care consultant for liking Islamophobic

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Fa Issues Warning To Burnley Player Care Consultant For Liking

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

A number of posts on X were liked by Laura Wolfe in the wake of the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, 2023.

Sky Sports News understands that Wolfe is externally contracted by Burnley as player care consultant and had a close working relationship with Vincent Kompany and the first-team squad.

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

Kompany, who featured in the Football’s Hidden Talent documentary exploring the lack of South Asian representation in English football, has just been unveiled as Bayern Munich manager.

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

In a statement, anti-discrimination campaign group Kick It Out confirmed they had passed the allegations to the FA, urging all those involved in football to be cautious with social media engagement due to the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza.

A Kick It Out statement read: “Kick It Out is aware of the decision by the Football Association to formally warn a contractor at a club about their social media activity.

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

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

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

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