ASHLEY COLE BRANDED the Football Association a “bunch of twats” in a furious tweet on Friday after evidence he gave in the John Terry racism hearing was deemed to be inconsistent.
In a move which could signal the end of his England career, Cole lashed out on Twitter following the publication of a report detailing why an independent FA commission found Terry guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match.
Terry was banned for four matches and fined £220,000 by the FA last week. The 63-page report issued on Friday morning said there were discrepancies in Cole’s evidence in support of his Chelsea team-mate.
“Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFTWATS,” the defender tweeted to over 400,000 followers on the social networking site.
The tweet was deleted but not before it had been retweeted by more than 18,000 accounts and the hashtag #BUNCHOFTWATS started trending in the United Kingdom.
Cole later apologised in a statement issued through his solicitor: “I was really upset and tweeted my feelings in the heat of the moment. I apologise unreservedly”
Capped 98 times, Cole was named on Thursday in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.