Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has launched a foul-mouthed tirade at the Football Association on Twitter after the FA’s report explaining its punishment of John Terry was released on Friday.
Cole was called to give evidence in Terry’s trial for allegedly using racist language against Anton Ferdinand, and the report called into question the reliability of his account.
In response, Cole wrote on his Twitter account: "Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFT****."
Hours later, Cole deleted the tweet from his account and issued a statement of apology through his representatives, saying, "I had just finished training and saw the captions on the TV screens in the treatment rooms about what was said in the FA Comission ruling about me. I was really upset and tweeted my feelings in the heat of the moment. I apologize unreservedly for my comment about the FA."
Regardless of the apology, Cole, who has 98 caps for England and was in line to reach the 100-cap landmark with upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland, will most assuredly face an FA charge for his outburst and could face suspension.
Cole’s statement to Westminster Magistrates Court had supported his captain’s account of events on 23 October 2011, when Terry was alleged to have abused Ferdinand.
The Blues captain was found not guilty, but the FA said his defense against the claims was “improbable, implausible, contrived”, and banned him for four games while fining him 220,000 pounds. The report also questioned the reliability of the evidence given by Chelsea's secretary David Barnard.
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