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Anti-racism campaigner: FA Terry report 'inconsistent'

The executive director of the Football Against Racism in Europe, Piara Powar, has described the FA's handling of the John Terry affair "inconsistent":

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Report: Roy Hodgson speaks to Ashley Cole ahead of meeting with squad

England manager Roy Hodgson has spoken to Ashley Cole this afternoon, according to Bryan Swanson of Sky Sports.

Kick It Out: 'Words used by Terry completely unacceptable'

Football anti-racism campaigners Kick It Out have commented on the findings by an independent FA commission on the John Terry racism case:

The written reasons are welcomed and acknowledge some important consequences of this episode, namely the trauma caused to the Ferdinand family.

It’s a period that has polarised the game, undermined the good work being done at all levels, and it must never be allowed to happen again. We note the rationale for the outcome and there is still a right to appeal, which we respect.

In addition, any sanction by Chelsea, as Mr Terry’s employer, is subject to the club’s own internal disciplinary procedures. The words used are completely unacceptable, irrespective of how many times they were levelled.

Ashley Cole apologises for outburst at the FA

Ashley Cole today apologised unreservedly for his outburst at the Football Association over his role in the John Terry racism case.

The independent Football Association regulatory commission said there were discrepancies in Cole's initial statement to FA interviewers of what he heard Anton Ferdinand say to Terry compared to a later statement.

In a statement released this afternoon, Cole said:

I had just finished training and saw the captions on the TV screens in the treatment rooms about what was said in the FA Commission ruling about me.

I was really upset and tweeted my feelings in the heat of the moment. I apologise unreservedly for my comment about the FA.

Chelsea 'will look at' Cole tweet - Di Matteo

Robert di Matteo said he did not think players were 'out of control' Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Chelsea manager Robert di Matteo said the club would 'look at' a profane tweet by left-back Ashley Cole criticising the FA.

"We'll look at the tweet and then we'll see. Apart from this, I don't think the players are out of control," said the Blues boss, responding to reporters.

Cole has since deleted the post from his Twitter account.

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Lineker calls on Ashley Cole to apologise for tweet

FA questioned Ashley Cole's evidence

Excerpt from Chapter 7.27 of FA's John Terry report, entitled "The 'evolution' of Ashley Cole's evidence":

The word “black” was introduced retrospectively into (Ashley Cole's) witness statement ... with a view to bolstering Mr. Terry's claim that the words

that he (Mr. Terry) spoke to Mr. Ferdinand were not said by way of an insult,

but as repetition and forceful denial of what Mr. Ferdinand had accused him of

saying.

The FA pointed to an exchange of emails ... in which requests were made, on behalf of Mr. Cole, to amend his draft witness statements ... the Commission's view of this new evidence is that it casts considerable doubt over Mr. Cole's claim...

– FA ruling

Ashley Cole reacts to FA report on his 'evolving evidence'

Ashley Cole attacked the FA in a foul-mouthed tweet Credit: PA

Ashley Cole's foul-mouthed tweet about the Football Association is thought to stem from a chapter in the FA's 63-page report on why it banned John Terry.

One of the chapters, entitled the 'evolution of Ashley Cole's evidence', says the Chelsea left-back retrospectively added the word "black" to his witness statement about Terry's abuse of Anton Ferdinand.

The FA suggested Cole did this to bolster his Chelsea team-mate's claim that he had not used the word "black" to insult Ferdinand, but was rather repeating something said by the QPR defender.

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