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FA charges Ashley Cole for tweet

October 8, 2012
By ESPN.com news services

The English Football Association on Monday charged Ashley Cole with misconduct for a tweet he sent Friday criticizing the FA's judgment on the John Terry racial abuse case.

Ashley Cole
PA PhotosEnglish FA charged Ashley Cole with misconduct for a tweet blasting the FA's call on the John Terry case.

"Chelsea FC's Ashley Cole has been charged by The FA in relation to a Twitter comment which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute," the statement reads. "Cole has until 4 p.m. on Thursday 11 October 2012 to respond to the charge."

Cole, who could be fined by the FA, is currently on England team duty before World Cup qualifiers against San Marino on Oct. 12 and Poland on Oct. 16.

The FA report on the Terry racial abuse tweet, released Friday, cited discrepancies in the initial statement Terry teammate Cole gave to FA interviewers compared to the statement Cole made later to the FA.

Cole responded Friday with a tweet from his account that said: "Hahahahaa, well done #fa, I lied did I" and ended with a hashtag followed by a profanity, for which he apologized via written statement released to the media.

"I had just finished training and saw the captions on the TV screens in the treatment rooms about what was said in the FA commission ruling about me," the statement said.

"I was really upset and tweeted my feelings in the heat of the moment. I apologise unreservedly for my comment about the FA."

he FA panel that banned Chelsea captain Terry for four matches for racially abusing an opponent found that his defense was "implausible and contrived."

The panel's 63-page findings were published Friday, a week after the verdict, and Terry has 14 days to decide whether to appeal his four-match ban and 220,000-pound ($356,000) fine in English soccer's highest-profile racism case.