Wednesday 28 January 2015

Ashley Cole's controversial career


Ashley Cole, pictured with Andy Johnson (pictured with hair) plus Steven Wright and Neil Murphy featured in the 1999 World Youth Championships
Cole quickly became an established member of the Arsenal defence
The Arsenal left-back was part of Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea
After Manchester United ended Arsenal's 49-game unbeaten run, Cole and his Gunners team-mates were famously involved in a series of skirmishes which would later be dubbed 'pizzagate'
With the accolades came the celebrity lifestyle. Cole married pop star Cheryl Tweedy in 2006 and the pair advertised the National Lottery
Cole controversially moved across London to join Chelsea, a move that saw Jose Mourinho's team punished for 'tapping up' the player, who was also fined
On the pitch, Cole continued to collect honours. He has won the FA Cup more times than any player
The Cole marriage did not withstand a string of allegations about his infidelities
Cole has frequently been criticised for acts of petulance. He famously refused to shake hands with England manager Fabio Capello after Chelsea lost the Community Shield to Manchester United
Cole scored a nerveless penalty as Chelsea won the Champions League in May, but he could not convert under pressure as England were defeated by Italy at Euro 2012
Cole gave evidence at the trial of John Terry, and the FA hearing. He criticised the FA on Twitter after the governing body claimed his evidence 'evolved'

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