Stoke City defender Robert Huth has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association over messages he posted on twitter.
Huth replied to a social media account which posts sexual images of individuals and asks users to guess their gender.
The FA has declared his messages in 'aggravated breach' of their rules because they made reference to gender or gender reassignment.
Huth has until 6pm on 21 January 2015 to respond to the FA's charge.
An online petition calling for police to stop using tasers has been signed by more than 800 people.
It was started after a man, named locally as Adrian McDonald, died when he was tasered by police officers responding to reports of a burglary in Chesterton, Staffordshire in December.
The petition says: 'Questions about the safety of taser stun guns used by police forces across the globe have been raging ever since the supposedly non-lethal weapons first came into use over a decade ago.'
The Independent Police Complaints Commission continues to investigate the incident.
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A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was discovered at a flat on Christmas morning.
The victim, believed to be in her thirties, was found dead in Dibden Court, Honeywall in Stoke-on-Trent, after paramedics were called at 10.30am.
Despite the efforts of West Midlands Ambulance Service, the woman was pronounced deceased.
The 49-year-old suspect will be questioned by detectives from Staffordshire Police force's criminal investigation department (CID).
A detailed forensic examination of the scene is taking place and the flat is cordoned off.
"We are working to support the family of the woman at this very tragic and difficult time and I urge people not to speculate about the incident and allow the detectives to establish the circumstances which led to the death of the woman. "Local police officers are speaking to residents in the block of flats and surrounding areas to gather any information and to provide reassurance. I urge anyone with any information to call Staffordshire Police".
One man has died and two other people have been seriously injured in a two-car collision in Stoke-on-Trent.
Emergency services were called to the scene on the A500 at the junction of Etruria Road in Hanley at 11.50pm last night.
One of the cars ended up the opposite side of the carriageway with its engine found several metres away. The driver, a man believed to be in his 20s, sustained a head injury, a fractured leg and a significant traumatic injury to his arm.
The two occupants of the second car were trapped due to the damage caused in the collision. The driver, a man, was declared dead at the scene.
The passenger, a woman believed to be in her 30s, was unconscious and transferred to Royal Stoke University Hospital with serious injuries to her abdomen.
The road remained closed for several hours.
The woman was found injured in Cauldon Road in Shelton, close to the junction with Boughey Road, at around 21:30 yesterday evening.
She died at the scene. Another man was taken to hospital with leg injuries.
A man was arrested shortly afterwards and is being questioned by Staffordshire Police.
The woman has not been formally identified and her next of kin are being traced.
Reports of one lane blocked and very slow traffic due to accident on M6 Northbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to Sandbach Services.
A woman from Stoke-on-Trent is aiming to set a Guinness World Record by running a marathon in high heels.
Natalie Eckert has a few months to train. She is attempting the record next April.
HS2 Ltd's Executive Chairman David Higgins is expected to make significant announcements about HS2 in Leeds this morning.
Mr Higgins will be presenting his report on the project, and will give recommendations on the second phase, which runs from Birmingham to Leeds and goes through the East Midlands.
It is believed he will announce that a suggested route for the high-speed service through Stoke-on-Trent will be dumped in favour of a hub at Crewe, on the western arm of the 'Y'-shaped northern route.
It is rumoured that he will recommend that plans for a high-speed rail link in Nottinghamshire should be moved to Derbyshire. It was originally proposed that the HS2 station should be at Toton Sidings, but there may be new plans to try to link HS2 to existing rail lines serving Nottingham and Derby.
Steven Bazell from Stoke-on-Trent has broken a new world record for completing the Birmingham half-marathon in fancy dress.
Steven ran the race to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital.
His son was born with a congenital heart condition and has undergone two life-saving operations.