If the drama with John Terry isn’t enough for you, you’re in luck.
England international and Chelsea FC defender Ashley Cole will have to be taking up some defense of his own off the pitch when he meets with the English Football Association no later than Thursday at 4:00 pm.
The most recent drama began when Cole tweeted in defense of Chelsea teammate John Terry over his recent trouble over alleged racial comments. After the Independent Regulatory Commission’s report on the Terry incident, Cole became enraged and used expletives in describing his opinion of the ruling.
Cole later apologized on Twitter for the remark, although it’s unknown if this was done on his own or by recommendation.
Following the outburst, former England international captain Alan Shearer threw his hat into the ring regarding Cole. In an interview with BBC, Shearer said, “I think the FA can put a big statement out here by not fining him but actually banning him on Friday against San Marino.”
An angry Cole fired back on his Twitter account saying, “Alan Shearer says @TheRealAC3 needs to be banned for comments. I want his opinion on bans for kicking Neil Lennon in the head. #GlassHouses”.
Cole’s comment is in reference to an incident in 1998 where Shearer kicked former Leicester City midfielder and current Celtic manager Neil Lennon in the head. Although the FA ruled that Shearer had made a “genuine attempt to free himself” in the situation, many believe the ruling was made to keep Shearer, then with Newcastle United, from pulling out of the English squad before World Cup qualifiers.
Regardless, the FA is not pleased, and will be speaking with Cole personally before the end of the week. Mix this in with everything that’s been on Terry’s plate, and Chelsea’s reputation on social media is beginning to get dragged around in the dirt.
England plays a World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland during this next international window.