Chelsea defender Ashley Cole fined £90,000 by the FA after Twitter rant

Ashley Cole: Chelsea and England defender has been fined for his criticism of the FA

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The Football Association has fined Chelsea and England left-back Ashley Cole £90,000 for his recent Twitter rant.

The 31-year-old was angered by an independent panel casting doubt on his evidence during the John Terry racism case - and vented his anger on the social networking site.

He tweeted after the FA verdict was announced: "Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOF*****."

The post was quickly deleted and he released the following statement via his solicitor: "I had just finished training and saw the captions on the TV screens in the treatment rooms about what was said in the FA commission ruling about me.

"I was really upset. I apologise unreservedly for my comment about the FA."

But despite the apology and his recall to the England side for Wednesday's 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Poland, the FA have chosen to punish Cole financially for the outburst.

An FA statement confirmed: "Chelsea's Ashley Cole has been fined £90,000 after he admitted an FA charge in relation to a Twitter comment which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.

"Cole, who had requested a non-personal hearing, was also warned as to his future conduct."