Everton boss Sam Allardyce says Mason Holgate "doesn't need reminding" about alleged homophobic tweets sent over five years ago.
The FA is aware of a series of now-deleted tweets, containing offensive language, that appeared on Holgate's verified Twitter account in 2012 and 2013 when the defender was a teenager. Holgate joined Everton in 2015.
"This is a historical tweet from many years ago so he [Holgate] doesn't need any reminding because all the players have already been made aware for more than this year".
"Because we go through meeting after meeting, all areas, through the FA, through the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association) on what to do and what not to do".
"There are a number of players who are not satisfied at the position they are in at the moment - it's only natural to say that when they are not getting a regular game or even getting on the bench".
"I think it's been going on for years that we've been pointing out to players what they do and what they don't do".
Holgate is also at the centre of an ongoing investigation by The FA after the 21-year-old was involved in a clash with Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during an FA Cup tie earlier this month.