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Bolton Wanderers have spoken out after new striker Dion Charles apologised for his past tweets that included racist and homophobic slurs.
The tweets in question were posted when the Northern Island international was a teenager and recently surfaced online, prompting anger from fans.
Charles was urged to apologise for the shameful messages, dated between 2011 and 2013, just a week after signing from Accrington Stanley for £320,000.
And Bolton Chairman Sharon Brittan has now issued a statement regarding Charles' subsequent apology in relation the incident.
Brittan wrote: "I am aware that some tweets which Dion Charles posted several years ago contained discriminatory and deeply offensive words.
“Myself and Bolton Wanderers Football Club do not condone any forms of discrimination whatsoever and, quite simply, there is no place for it in football or society in general.
“What was said in those posts was completely unacceptable and I am pleased that Dion has taken full responsibility for his actions and unreservedly apologised for the hurt and embarrassment caused.
“Whilst not making any excuses for him, I have spoken with Dion and he has acknowledged that he has grown up considerably since he posted those comments and that he is not racist or homophobic.
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“Through Bolton Wanderers in the Community, the Club seeks to be at the forefront of making our game inclusive for everybody and Dion fully supports this."
Charles has made his Twitter account private and released his own personal apology to his followers on Tuesday afternoon.
It 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 to kick out hatred and I completely support this. I will do everything I can whilst 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 have caused."
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