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Cole apologises for Twitter outburst

Ashley Cole has apologised for posting an offensive Tweet about the Football Association. In a statement released by his solicitors, he said that he apologised unreservedly for his outburst, saying that the message had been posted "in the heat of the moment".

The Chelsea and England full-back had directed foul language against the FA in response to criticism of his role in the John Terry racism case. The FA commission that handed Terry a four match ban had accused Cole of discrepancies in his evidence.

Chelsea said Cole did not accept the criticism made of him by the commission. A club statement said: "Ashley co-operated at all times with the FA and stands by the evidence that he gave and does not accept the criticism that has been made."

Cole has deleted his offensive tweet, but it has already been re-tweeted more than 19,000 times.

The offensive word in Ashley Cole's tweet has been obscured. Credit: Twitter.


"No credible basis" for Terry's racism defence

John Terry. Credit: Paul Hackett, Reuters.

The Football Association panel that banned Chelsea Captain John Terry for four games and fined him £220,000 for using racist language towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand has said that it is quite satisfied that his words were intended as an insult.

The independent commission has released in writing the full reasons behind the decision to censure Terry, despite the fact that he'd been cleared of any wrongdoing in court.

It said that there was "no credible basis" for Terry's defence that he had only been repeating words he thought Ferdinand had accused him of saying.

The Commission said: "We are quite satisfied, and find on the balance of probabilities, that the offending words were said by way of insult.

"We are able to arrive at that decision without needing to make any adverse findings against Mr Terry arising out of his decision not to give evidence.

"Accordingly, the Commission finds that there is 'clear and convincing' evidence'."

Terry has two weeks to appeal against the decision.

Statement on behalf of Terry said he was 'disappointed' by verdict

Terry's representatives, Elite Management, said in a statement released on his behalf:

Mr Terry is disappointed that the FA Regulatory Commission has reached a different conclusion to the clear not guilty verdict of a court of law.

He has asked for the detailed written reasons of the decision and will consider them carefully before deciding whether to lodge an appeal.

Terry fined £220,000 and banned for four matches

A statement from the Football Association said:

An Independent Regulatory Commission has today [Thursday 27 September 2012] found a charge of misconduct against John Terry proven and has issued a suspension for a period of four matches and a fine of £220,000, pending appeal.

The Football Association charged Mr Terry on Friday 27 July 2012 with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand and which included a reference to colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3[2] in relation to the Queens Park Rangers FC versus Chelsea FC fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011.

The charge was the result of The FA’s long-standing investigation into this matter, which was placed on hold at the request of the Crown Prosecution Service and Mr Terry’s representatives pending the outcome of the criminal trial.

A hearing took place from 24-27 September 2012 before an Independent Regulatory Commission of The FA to consider the charge.

The decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission is as follows

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