Ashley Cole apologises for FA insult

Ashley Cole has apologised for insulting the FA. He had called the governing body a "bunch of tw*ts" after seeing their report that had questioned his evidence at the John Terry disciplinary hearing.

Cole had angrily tweeted the insult after seeing the FA report on the TV news. He later removed the tweet from his account and issued a statement through his legal representative: "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. I apologise unreservedly for my comment about the FA."

Chelsea were quick to support the player. "Ashley co-operated at all times with the FA," their statement said, "and stands by the evidence that he gave and does not accept the criticism that has been made." Manager Roberto Di Matteo dismissed any suggestion that his players were out of control.

The FA issued no comment about Cole’s reaction, but it is possible that Cole could face disciplinary action. Terry has already quit the England team because of the FA's hearing, which resulted in a four match suspension and a fine for the Chelsea captain.

England manager Roy Hodgson would be alarmed if the latest dispute caused Cole to question his own involvement with England. Cole is included in the squad for World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland. If he plays in both matches he will join the seect band of players with 100 caps for England.

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