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!"