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Bernstein reveals Cole apology

ESPN staff
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Football Association chairman David Bernstein has revealed that Ashley Cole apologised to him personally on Monday night over his offensive Twitter message.

Cole, 31, was charged with misconduct by the FA on Monday after his foul-mouthed Twitter rant against the association last week.

The left-back used his official Twitter account to respond to the publication of an FA panel's report into the John Terry racism verdict, which said there were "considerable doubts" about evidence given in support of Terry by Cole and suggested it had "evolved".

Soon after its publication, he tweeted: "Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFTW***". Cole has until 16.00 BST on Thursday to respond to the charge.

Cole will be allowed to play for England against San Marino at Wembley on Friday. If he is selected, the defender will land his 99th cap for his country.

Bernstein said on Radio 5 Live: "He apologised immediately on Friday and he came to see me last night and apologised to me personally.

"He showed real contrition. He said he was really sorry. He is free to play for England over the coming matches. It is up to the manager to decide whether he plays or not."

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