Last Updated: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:27
Exeter centre-back Danny Coles has been stripped off his captaincy and placed on the transfer list after swearing at a supporter on Twitter.
The former Bristol Rovers defender, skipper of the Grecians since 2012, was also fined two weeks' wages at a disciplinary hearing on Monday.
The incident occurred when Coles reacted to a tweet during England's 2-1 defeat to Uruguay last month with a number of expletives.
And while Coles, who has been with the club since 2011, has since deleted his account on the social networking site and apologised to the fan - Exeter used an official statement on Tuesday to apologise for his behaviour.
"Following a disciplinary hearing on Monday 7th July regarding his recent comments on social media, Danny Coles has been removed from his position as club captain and has been placed on the transfer list," the statement read.
"He has also been fined two weeks wages.
"Exeter City Football Club will not tolerate abuse of anyone, in whatever form, and would like to extend its apologies to all those who were offended by Danny Coles' behaviour on Twitter.
"At the hearing, Danny Coles again apologised for any offence taken by his comments and has written a letter of apology to the young person concerned.
"Exeter City Football Club and Danny Coles will now be focusing on pre-season training and the year ahead and will make no further comment on the matter."
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