Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

Tweet fuels football racism row

The John Terry racism row was reignited when his defence witness Ashley Cole was attacked on Twitter - with Rio Ferdinand reacting.

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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
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.


Lineker calls on Ashley Cole to apologise for tweet


That is an astonishingly tweet from @therealac3 I suggest a rapid apology Ashley. Been a great England player, don't tarnish it!


Whether you think he is right is not the issue. It is the manner of the tweet that is ill-advised in my view.

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


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
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.


FA releases reasons for banning John Terry

The Football Association has released on its website the written reasons behind the independent panel's decision to ban Chelsea captain John Terry for four games and fine him £220,000. It came after he used racist language towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

The panel said it was quite satisfied that the offending words used by Terry "were said by way of insult".

The statement on the FA website contains strong language you may find offensive.

John Terry Credit: Press Association

Police investigate 'racist' Twitter comment aimed at Ashley Cole

Police are investigating an alleged racist comment made on Twitter against footballer Ashley Cole. A user - thought to live in Derbyshire - referred to the Chelsea star Cole as a 'choc ice'.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand replied: "I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic hahahahahaha!!". Derbyshire Police are investigating the original tweet.

England's Ashley Cole
England's Ashley Cole Credit: Press Association

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said the force was not investigating the comments made by Ferdinand.

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