Ashley Cole to face FA charge over offensive tweet

Ashley Cole, Chelsea defenderThe Football Association is set to charge Chelsea defender Ashley Cole with misconduct over his foul-mouthed tweet last week, according to the Guardian.

Cole reacted angrily to the FA’s independent regulatory commission report into the John Terry racism scandal that suggested Cole’s evidence was questionable, and he turned to twitter to brand the governing body a “bunch of t**ts”

It is believed that Cole will only face a fine, rather than a ban, which means he’ll be available for selection for the upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland respectively.

Chelsea have also decided to open disciplinary proceedings against Cole, who has since deleted his tweet. Manager Roberto Di Matteo confirmed the club were set to take action after their 4-1 victory against Norwich City on Saturday.

“We have got a social media policy in the club and there is going to be disciplinary action over the tweet and that’s how I leave it,” he said.

Cole, who has 98 England caps, may still sit out at least one of the games this weekend as fears grow about an ongoing ankle injury.