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Ashley Cole has fallen further into the mire following his Twitter outburst at the English FA as the left-back now faces disciplinary action and to make things worse he is set to be dropped by the England squad for the qualifier against San Marino, reports the Telegraph. Chelsea are also set to strike down on the 31 year old for his misconduct with a reported fine of two weeksĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ wages. The off-field distractions couldnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t come at a worse time for Cole as he is only two appearances short of a landmark 100th cap for England.
The FA opened a can of worms by publishing the report detailing the reasons behind John TerryĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. The report questioned ColeĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s integrity with regards to his testimony in support of his team-mate, effectively labelling him a Ă˘â‚¬ËśliarĂ˘â‚¬â„˘. The former Arsenal defender reacted angrily and hastily to the judgement through his Twitter feed, but immediately apologized and took down the tweet. The damage was already done though as Chelsea were forced to step in to prevent the affair from engulfing their club and Roberto Di Matteo promised after their victory against Norwich that Cole will face disciplinary action for his comments.
Meanwhile, the Mirror claims that Cole isnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t too bothered about his approaching landmark with England, when he will become only the 6th player from the country to reach the 100 mark. All five legends before Cole captained the Three Lions and there have been suggestions that Cole could be handed the armband as a mark of respect for the game, but after the recent controversy he is unlikely to receive the honour. The veteran might have to wait till next February to achieve the landmark though as a friendly against Sweden aside EnglandĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s International calendar is empty until Brazil visit early next year.
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