Chelsea refuse to comment on FA release

A Chelsea spokesman said: "As we said last week we recognise that John has the right to appeal.

"In view of this it would be inappropriate for us to comment further on the matter at this time."

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FA tweet charge for Cole

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has been charged by the Football Association in relation to a Twitter comment which was "improper and/or brought the game into disrepute", the governing body has confirmed.