Sunday 18 February 2018

Cole to face wrath of FA and Chelsea

Jason Burt

Ashley Cole is set to be omitted from England's World Cup qualifier at home to San Marino on Friday, sparing him an awkward pre-match handshake with FA chairman David Bernstein and the barracking of the Wembley crowd. If, as expected, Cole is left out, he will not therefore win a 100th cap against Poland the following week, avoiding further embarrassment for the FA, who are furious with his behaviour.

The defender will also be fined two weeks' wages -- £240,000 -- by Chelsea for his foul-mouthed attack on the FA in the wake of the publication of the report that found John Terry guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

Cole took to the social network site Twitter to label the FA "a bunch of t***s" and although he later deleted the tweet and issued an apology through his solicitors, he will face disciplinary proceedings. He can also expect to be charged by the FA, and face a further fine, for misconduct.

Yesterday, Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo took the unusual step of confirming that Cole would be disciplined. Cole's behaviour would appear to have ended any hope that, with his contract ending next summer, the 31-year-old will be offered a new deal.

Following the 4-1 home victory over Norwich, in which both Cole and Terry played, Di Matteo said: "We have got a social media policy and there is going to be disciplinary action over the tweet. I did speak to Ashley. You saw his reaction yesterday and he apologised unreservedly."

Cole was effectively branded a liar in the written report by the Independent Regulatory Commission which had already banned Terry for four matches and issued a £220,000 fine.


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