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Chelsea's Ashley Cole admits FA charge over Twitter outburst

Updated: Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 18:50

Ashley Cole looks set to be hit with an FA suspension
Ashley Cole looks set to be hit with an FA suspension

Ashley Cole has admitted a Football Association charge in relation to his profane outburst on Twitter.

The Chelsea and England full-back labelled the FA a "bunch of t***s" on the social networking site last week after an independent regulatory commission of the governing body investigating the John Terry racial abuse case had cast doubt on Cole's evidence.

His comments were swiftly removed but the FA reacted quickly and charged the former Arsenal man, who has requested a non-personal hearing, which will determine his punishment.

A statement on the FA's website tonight read: "Ashley Cole has admitted an FA charge in relation to a Twitter comment which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.

"Cole has requested a non-personal hearing, the date of which has yet to be set."

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

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo had an uncomfortable press conference in the wake of Cole's tweet on Friday, although the player retained his starting spot for the Blues 4-1 win over Norwich 24 hours later.

But the 31-year-old is facing a fine of two weeks' wages - believed to be around #240,000 - by his club while an FA punishment could push the total past the quarter of a million mark.

There was no suggestion that Cole would announce his international retirement as he seeks to win his 99th cap against San Marino tomorrow.

But the player's comments prompted him to apologise to FA chairman David Bernstein, who confirmed two days ago that the England squad had been spoken to about a new code of conduct.