Cole accepts charge over Twitter joke

West Ham striker Carlton Cole on Thursday accepted a charge of improper conduct over comments he posted on Twitter about Ghana fans attending last month’s friendly with England.

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 Football Association 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 April 21.

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. — AFP

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