Cole accepts charge over Twitter joke

AFP, Thursday 14 Apr 2011

West Ham striker Carlton Cole on Thursday accepts charges of improper conduct over his Twitter post, where he calls Ghanaian fans attending a friendly in England ‘immigrants’

Carlton Cole

Cole landed in hot water after commenting on the large contingent of Ghana fans who thronged Wembley for the 1-1 draw.

"Immigration has surrounded the Wembley premises! I knew it was a trap! Hahahaha. The only way to get out safely is to wear an England jersey and paint your face w/ the St. George's flag!" Cole posted on the micro-blogging site.

Cole later removed the comments from his Twitter feed but was hit by FA disciplinary charges. Cole has now accepted the charge and is expected to receive a fine or a warning.

Cole's case is expected to be resolved by 21 April.

The incident is the latest example of a footballer falling foul of Twitter, following Ryan Babel's fine earlier this year for posting a doctored picture of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt.

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