Cole sorry for Ghana tweet

BY foxsports • April 21, 2011

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.

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