Cole sorry for Ghana tweet

West Ham and England striker Cole was fined £20,000 and also

warned about his future conduct at a personal hearing after

accepting a charge of improper conduct. Cole, 27, revealed on

Thursday morning via his Twitter account that he would request for

his fine to be donated to a Ghanaian charity. He wrote: “I will be

asking to donate the money to a Ghanian (sic) charity of my choice,

preferably to a children’s charity. “Hopefully the money will be

going to a good cause. “Sorry if i have offended anyone but there

was no malice & harm meant. “I never knew a light hearted joke

would cause so much offence.” Cole made the remarks – which he

later deleted – prior to last month’s Wembley friendly between

England and Ghana. He tweeted: “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!” The Professional Footballers’ Association

responded to Cole’s punishment by urging players to be more

“vigilant” when using social media.