Cole accepts charge over tweet

BY foxsports • April 14, 2011

Cole caused outrage during the 1-1 draw at Wembley last month when 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!" Cole later withdrew the comments, but was still charged by the Football Association. The 27-year-old accepted the charge on Thursday and is now likely to receive a fine or a warning. An FA statement read: "The FA has charged West Ham United's Carlton Cole with improper conduct relating to media comments. The charge relates to comments made on Twitter during the England v Ghana fixture on 29 March 2011." Cole, who has scored 11 goals for the Hammers this season, has requested a personal hearing which will take place before April 21. It is not expected that the 27-year-old will be banned for any of West Ham's remaining matches because of the comments. A similar case in January saw Ryan Babel receive a £10,000 fine for posting a mocked-up picture of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt on Twitter following Liverpool's 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford in January.

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