Holgate allegedly sent the tweets in 2012 and 2013 when he was in the Barnsley youth set-up

Everton’s Mason Holgate has been given a formal warning by the Football Association after an investigation into alleged homophobic tweets.

The governing body opened an investigation in January after being made aware of three tweets the defender apparently sent from a now-deleted Twitter account in 2012 and 2013, when he was a member of Barnsley’s youth set-up, that contained pejorative terms for gay men.

Two posts on the @FAspokesperson Twitter account read: “The FA has concluded its investigation into historic tweets posted by Everton’s Mason Holgate.

“Having carefully considered all of the available evidence, including his response, the tweets themselves and a response from the club, the player has been given a formal warning and directed to undertake a mandatory FA inclusion programme.”

Holgate, an England Under-21 international, deleted his Twitter account after January’s FA Cup tie at Anfield, during which he alleged Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino used a “discriminatory term” towards him.

However, the resulting FA investigation concluded the evidence was “not sufficient” to charge Firmino. 

The Brazilian admitted to insulting Holgate in Portuguese, but denied using discriminatory language.