The England defender should be celebrated as he’ll soon earn his 100th cap for his country, all of which have been starts, but instead the FA have painted him as a liar as they claim he changed his evidence in the John Terry racism trial because somebody’s notes vanished into thin air.
Cole was upset by this, unsurprisingly, and hit out at the FA by calling them a ‘bunch of twats’. This is of course unwise and he apologised for the outburst claiming that it was made in the heat of the moment. Should be water under the bridge by now, right?…Wrong. The FA announced the following:
“Chelsea FC’s Ashley Cole has been charged by The FA in relation to a Twitter comment which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.”
Cole has until 4pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.
In other news, Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is to get away scot-free for a deliberately raising his arm across Newcastle midfielde Yohan Cabaye’s face. The Dutchman has previous for this sort of thing after he elbowed Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar in the face last season and Manchester United also have a history of getting away with it, remember Rooney’s elbow v McCarthy’s head?
Howard Webb must still be on the payroll at Old Trafford as he’s still let van Persie off with the benefit of hindsight. There wasn’t a whole lot of force in the United player’s elbow and I doubt Cabaye was hurt, but it’s not the point, it was deliberate and he should be punished. Branislav Ivanovic was hit with a ban after video evidence found him guilty of punching Wigan player Shaun Maloney in the Spring.