London - Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has
been fined 90 000 pounds ($145 500) by the Football Association for a
Twitter insult he aimed at the governing body last week, the FA said in a
statement on Thursday.
The England international called the FA a
"bunch of t***s" after being accused of "evolving" his statement
supporting team-mate John Terry's defence against the charge he racially
abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in a game last
Cole removed the tweet within hours of posting it and
then apologised unreservedly, including a personal apology to FA
chairperson David Bernstein. "Chelsea's Ashley Cole has been fined
£90 000 after he admitted an FA charge in relation to a Twitter comment
which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute," the FA said.
"Cole, who had requested a non-personal hearing, was also warned as to his future conduct."
Cole won his 99th England cap in their 1-1 draw with Poland in a World
Cup qualifier on Wednesday. ($1 = 0.6186 British pounds)