Former Hitchin Town player Alfie Barker has been charged by the FA over comments he made on Twitter earlier this month.

Barker has been charged with misconduct after sending tweets to AFC Bournemouth and Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter  relating to his stillborn daughter.

Barker, who had been playing on loan for Spartan South Midlands League Division One side Codicote Town, was sacked by Hitchin.

Barker apologised a day after posting the tweets, which were deleted.

An FA statement read: “It is alleged the player posted comments which were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute contrary to Rule E3 (1).”

Barker has until January 25 to respond to the charge.

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