West Ham United’s player Carlton Cole has been charged by the English Football Association over a recent comment he made on his tweeter page over Ghanaians who witnessed the Ghana-England game at the Wembley Stadium on March 29, 2011.
“The FA has today 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 Tuesday 29 March 2011”, a statement from The FA said on April 8, 2011.
On the said date, Cole tweets “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!”, he posted.
The player later apologized for his comments, twitting that it was a joke and not racist after being criticized by fellow twitter users.
“Cole has until 13 April to respond to the charge”, the FA said.
Over 20,000 Ghanaian fans were at Wembley for the match, which was considered to be one of the most successful friendly games in years.
The match ended one-one with Asamoah Gyan and Andy Carrol scoring for Ghana and England respectively.
By Ekow Quandzie