Cole faces action from Blues
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole faces disciplinary action from his club over his foul-mouthed Twitter rant
Ashley Cole is facing disciplinary action from both Chelsea and the Football Association over his foul-mouthed Twitter rant at the game's governing body.
Blues and England defender Cole called the FA a "bunch of t***s" on Friday after he was accused of "evolving" his statement supporting John Terry's defence against the charge he racially abused Anton Ferdinand. He looks likely to be hit with an FA charge over the outburst and Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo confirmed the left-back would also be punished by his club.
The Italian said: "We've got a social media policy at the club and there's going to be a disciplinary process - action - against the tweet and that's how I'll leave it."
Chelsea refused to confirm the nature of any punishment but it could be a two-week fine, which would cost Cole in the region of £200,000.
Di Matteo revealed he had discussed the matter with the 31-year-old, adding: "You would understand that's a private conservation."
Cole apologised "unreservedly" on Friday for his outburst, insisting he posted it in "the heat of the moment".
The FA refused to comment on whether they would take action against Cole, but their own 'charging guidelines' in media comments and social networking cases are clear.
A breach of the rules includes: "Comments which are improper, which bring the game into disrepute, which are threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting."
Cole deleted the tweet but the FA guidelines add: "Deleting an inappropriate posting, whilst advisable, does not necessarily prevent disciplinary action being taken."
Several players have been punished for offensive tweets in recent times, including Rio Ferdinand for retweeting a comment describing Cole as a "choc-ice".
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two weeks fine is not enough to a footballer. Its a mere pocket money. The average man in the street would struggle with the loss of two weeks wages but these footballers can afford to laugh it off.
Fines should be in keeping with their wealth as it is is with the swiss.
Record speeding fine is £186,000 dished out to a multi millionaire. Normal man would have got £2-300
Slap something similar on footballers and they will soon toe the line.
This will only make an element of the stands and spectators more determine to voice an opinion of the unfair treatment whites have to contend with in the adage only whites can be racists. Also the Race Card should be ignored and thrown out where it deserves to be.... in the bin. Was very little.... is very little outside of a few mindless twits. Now many decent and moral fans are peeved.... It will get worse, no two ways about that. Be like many other countries that have now given up on it in reality.... making token words and impossible promises only. Well done Evra. Well done the Ferdinands etc. You have started the unlocking of a very unsavoury door. It is already getting worse, and will be sadly just the tip of an ice berg showing now.
Now kids will be seeing it week in and out to grow up in thinking it is acceptable and right. Because the clubs, FA etc. will be powerless to stop it. They need the spectators money to survive, so won't be doing much if it hurts their pockets.
The FA will either have to 'Abu Hamza' Coles hands so,he cant twattter or Stitch his gob up or my fave shove his smart phone up his arse
Dang just thought of another - force him to listen to Cheryls catawoalling for a week
Other wise the thick as pig **** clown will just carry on
if members of the F.A. make spurious comments what may have been said in court by other persons what do you expect, ashley cole has every right to defend himself.
it would not have happened if the F.A. KEPT THEIR LIP BUTTONED UP.