British soccer star Ashley Cole has been charged with misconduct by the sport's governing body in England after he directed an obscene Twitter post at the organization last week.
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Cole plays left-back for the powerhouse club Chelsea and England's national team. His Chelsea teammate John Terry was recently handed down a four-match suspension for racial abuse against a player from another club. When the Football Association's Independent Regulatory Commission published a report on its investigation of Terry, the body questioned Cole's credibility as a testifying witness.
In response, Cole composed and shared this tweet with his hundreds of thousands of followers:
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The soccer star deleted his message soon after, but not before it had gained well over 17,000 retweets and screenshots pinged about the web (we grabbed this image from our friends at Digital-Football.com). The rather, shall we say, original hashtag also became a short-lived sensation among digitally minded fans of the sporty and bizarre.
The Football Association announced that Cole had been formally charged with misconduct in a post to its official website Monday. In the announcement, the organization said Cole's tweet was "was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute."
Cole has until Thursday afternoon to respond to the charge. The Football Association has not specified what sort of punishment the charge could entail, but Cole is also expected to receive a fine or suspension from Chelsea as well. Some news reports have surmised that the combined fines or wages lost to suspension could total as much as $400,000.
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This story originally published on Mashable here.