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Oct 18, 2012

FA fines Ashley Cole for tweet

England's Football Association fined left back Ashley Cole £90,000 ($145,000) Thursday for insulting the governing body in an offensive Twitter post.

The FA confirmed the fine after Cole had admitted a charge of making a Twitter comment that was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.

The Chelsea defender criticized the FA's judgment on the John Terry racial abuse case last week, tweeting: "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. The tweet was subsequently deleted.

Cole was also warned about "future conduct" on Thursday by the FA. Last week, it charged him with misconduct and bringing the game into disrepute.

He escaped a playing ban from England -- being selected in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Poland in a World Cup qualifier -- but also will be punished by Chelsea.

Cole's outburst two weeks ago was retweeted more than 19,000 times and provoked large condemnation from the footballing world.

He apologized to FA chairman David Bernstein, who only two days earlier had revealed that the England squad had been spoken to about a new code of conduct.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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