OXFORD City Football Club have terminated striker Lee Steele’s contract after a homophobic remark appeared on his Twitter account.

The post, about openly-gay Welsh Rugby star and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Gareth Thomas, read: “I wouldnt fancy the bed next to Gareth Thomas #padlockeda**ehole."

Bosses at Oxford City FC met last night to discuss the issue, and released a statement earlier this morning.

It read: “Following a Board Meeting last night the club have issued the following brief statement to the FA.

“The Oxford City board have decided to release Lee Steele in view of his recent comment via social media which is considered seriously contrary to the ethos of the club.”