- The charge facing Ashley Cole needs responding to barely 24 hours before England's World Cup qualifier with San Marino
- It's not thought the charge will pose any threat to his chances of winning his 99th cap
- He reported for duty at the FA's St George's Park complex in Burton along with the rest of his team-mates this lunchtime
- The Chelsea player is accused of reacting angrily after an FA commission queried evidence he gave in defending team mate John Terry against a racism charge
- Cole faces the possibility of being fined by the FA
- He is also set to be disciplined by Chelsea for the tweet
The FA has charged Ashley Cole with misconduct after criticizing the governing body on Twitter. The England defender is accused of bringing the game into disrepute. Cole has been given until Thursday afternoon to respond to the charge.
John Terry and his advisers will spend the international break deciding whether to appeal against his four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, reports ITV Sport.
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The head of the Professional Footballers Association Gordon Taylor has welcomed Ashley Cole's apology after his outburst on Twitter.
I would certainly approve and welcome that apology.
Social media causes so many problems with people making comments and then finding them going public.
The executive director of the Football Against Racism in Europe, Piara Powar, has described the FA's handling of the John Terry affair "inconsistent":
Read FA report. Good example of an open process. Raises questions about a few protagonists. Cole is right - they imply he changed story.
Difficult to accept reasoning for delay of almost 1 year in hearing. No convincing or new explanation given in report. #Terry
England manager Roy Hodgson has spoken to Ashley Cole this afternoon, according to Bryan Swanson of Sky Sports.
We're told Roy Hodgson has spoken to Ashley Cole on telephone this afternoon & Cole will report with rest of England squad on Monday.
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 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.