Saturday 24 March 2018

Ashley Cole abused on Twitter in Terry race row

Ashley Cole
Ashley Cole

The John Terry racism row was reignited last night when his team-mate and defence witness Ashley Cole was attacked on Twitter.

Terry was cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Friday.

It was alleged he had maliciously called Anton Ferdinand -- a QPR defender -- a "f****** black c***" during a match last year.

Cole, 31, had told the trial that Terry, his Stamford Bridge captain and friend, was not racist. Cole, who also told the court he was a long-standing friend of the Ferdinand brothers, was accused by one person who sent a tweet to Rio Ferdinand of being a "choc ice".

The term is understood to mean 'black on the outside, white on the inside'.

The person wrote: "Looks like Ashley Cole's going to be their choc ice. Then again he's always been a sell-out. Shame on him."

Manchester United star Rio, who played with Terry for England, replied: "I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic! hahahahahahha!!"

Users began reacting to the comments and Ferdinand wrote: "And if I want to laugh at something someone tweets....I will! Hahahahaha! Now stop getting ya knickers in a twist!"

Cole issued a statement through his lawyers, which said that he "wishes to make it clear that he and Rio Ferdinand are good friends and Ashley has no intention of making any sort of complaint.

"Ashley appreciates that Tweeting is so quick it often results in off-hand and stray comments."

Forest outline manager plans

Nottingham Forest's new owners hope to have a manager in place within a week -- but say they have not spoken to Glenn Hoddle.

The Kuwait-based Al Hasawi family yesterday outlined their plans for the npower Championship club.

Their first task is to find a new boss after they sacked Steve Cotterill just hours after completing their takeover.

Former Tottenham and England manager Hoddle was among the favourites for the role along with Mick McCarthy, ex-Forest star Roy Keane and Darren Ferguson.

But Abdulaziz Al Hasawi said: "We have not spoken to Glenn Hoddle.

"We are in discussions with four or five well-known figures in the football world, who have a perfect understanding of this league, and hopefully in a week all matters should be finalised. We are looking for the best in the business. We will start meeting people within a day."

The Al Hasawis took control of Forest on Tuesday after reaching terms to buy the late Nigel Doughty's controlling stake in the two-time European Cup winners.

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