October 18, 2012 / 12:40 PM / in 5 years

Cole fined by FA for Twitter insult

LONDON (Reuters) - 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.

England's Ashley Cole attends a team training session at the official opening of St. George’s Park, the Football Association’s National Football Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent, central England October 9, 2012. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

The England international called the FA a “bunch of t***s” after being accused of “evolving” his statement supporting team mate John Terry’s defense against the charge he racially abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in a game last October.

Cole removed the tweet within hours of posting it and then apologised unreservedly, including a personal apology to FA chairman 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.

Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Justin Palmer

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