'Bunch of twats' tweet could end Ashley Cole England career
The Chelsea defender lashes out on Twitter after FA questions his evidence in Terry racism case
ASHLEY COLE might have been looking forward to making his 100th appearance for England in the World Cup qualifier against Poland later this month, but his chances of adding to his current tally of 98 caps now look slim after the Chelsea full back suffered a meltdown on Twitter and described the FA as a "bunch of twats".
Cole, who rarely lets his emotions get the better of him on the pitch, lost it after reading the FA report into the John Terry racism row. In it the panel described Terry's account of the incident between him and Anton Ferdinand last October as "improbable, implausible, contrived".
It went on to question Cole's evidence in support of his team mate Terry, and suggested that Cole's statement had been altered five days after the event so that it included the word 'black'. The implication appears to be that it was changed to make it look as though Ferdinand, who is mixed race, was the one who brought race into the row.
However, Cole did not take kindly to having his honesty questioned and, after reading the report, he posted a message on Twitter that read: "Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFTWATS."
The tweet was removed an hour or so later, but by that time the damage was done and #bunchoftwats was the number one trend on Twitter in the UK while the message had been retweeted 19,000 times.
Now it appears that Cole's international future is in doubt. "Whatever Cole's feelings about the findings of an independent FA commission, his abusive tweet is at best ill-advised and at worst potentially enough to bring about the end of his England career," writes Phil McNulty on the BBC.
"Cole's astonishing outburst occurred on the day after he was named in England's squad for their crucial World Cup qualifiers at home to San Marino and away to Poland," notes The Daily Telegraph. "Cole's participation in those qualifiers is now in doubt."
Cole was widely mocked on Twitter for his tweet, and even Piers Morgan joined in. "Just when you thought it was impossible for Ashley Cole to get any more stupid..." he commented.
Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo attempted to brush off questions about the outburst but was forced to defend his squad and said: "I don't think the players are out of control."
But BBC sports reporter Dan Roan summed up the thoughts of many on Twitter, when he wrote: "Just when you think football's Respect campaign has suffered enough, you can always rely on Ashley Cole to put the boot in a bit more."