Cole faces Chelsea rap over Twitter outburst
LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo confirmed disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Ashley Cole following the abusive comment he made about the Football Association on Twitter.
England defender Cole played all 90 minutes of Chelsea's 4-1 victory over Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, which extended their lead at the top of the English Premier League table to four points.
Cole had used his Twitter account to make a critical comment about the FA, whose three-man panel had released a 63-page statement on Friday outlining why Chelsea captain John Terry had been banned for four games and fined 220,000 pounds (S$436,000) for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during a game last season.
The report, which made its findings on the balance of probabilities, suggested the evidence produced by both Chelsea players had been untruthful - with Cole, who had been a witness on Terry's behalf, reacting angrily on hearing the verdict before deleting the tweet and apologising through his lawyer.