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Cole facing FA charge

West Ham striker Carlton Cole has been charged by the Football Association in relation to a comment posted on social media.

"It is alleged that the comment was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brings the game into disrepute," the FA said in a statement on its official website."

Cole has until 6pm on Thursday, March 5 to respond to the charge.

The charge relates to Cole's involvement in a Twitter altercation with a Tottenham fan following West Ham's 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw at White Hart Lane on February 22.

The 31-year-old was responding to a message from Spurs supporter Stuart Hardy that read: "Hi @CarltonCole1 when your own team-mates don't kick the ball out when you're lying injured for 2 mins, you think it's time to call it a day?"

Cole replied: "F off you c***" before later deleting the tweet.

The former Chelsea striker has been in trouble before for previous postings on social media.

He was fined £20,000 by the FA in 2011 for a tweet he posted during England's friendly against Ghana that read: "Immigration has surrounded the Wembley premises! I knew it was a trap!

"The only way to get out safely is to wear an England jersey and paint your face w/ the St George's flag!"

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