Four unnamed St Day footballers have been banned for two games and fined £25 by the Cornwall FA for posting offensive comments on a public forum.
And Cornwall FA chief executive Dawn Aberdeen said the Association’s actions were designed to send out a “clear message” that such behaviour would not be tolerated.
In a statement she said: Cornwall Football Association have taken a firm stance against those who choose to place offensive comments on a public forum and it is hoped this will send a clear message to anyone associated with football in Cornwall that such unpleasant comments placed on media sites will not be tolerated.
“Four individuals have each been suspended from any involvement in all football for two qualifying matches.”
The Cornwall FA have declined to name the players involved, but said all play for St Day and had been involved in writing a series of offensive posts on a public forum.
Phil Bunt, CCFA Discipline Panel Member, added: "The subject of the posts were insulting towards other players and clubs, using extremely offensive terms.”
Three of those charged by Cornwall FA, in association with the offence of E3 Improper Conduct, pleaded guilty by post and the fourth failed to respond and the case was heard without any explanation from him.
All four were suspended from taking part in any football activity for a period of two qualifying matches and fined £25 each. Their suspensions will run from Monday.
Bunt added: “We are determined to see this type of activity stamped out across the county and we think that these bans should go a long way to emphasising how seriously we take such matters."