Ashley Cole: Chelsea Star Fined $145,000 for Dissident Tweets

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2012

WARSAW, POLAND - OCTOBER 15: Ashley Cole in action during the England training session ahead of their FIFA World Cup qualifier against Poland at the National Stadium on October 15, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has been fined £90,000, equal to about $145,000, for an attack against the English Football Association on Twitter, according to Richard Arrowsmith of the Daily Mirror.

The FA released a statement about the situation, which dates back to evidence the star provided during the John Terry case, making it clear Cole has been advised about his future actions to go along with the hefty fine.

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.

The longtime member of the Blues wasn't pleased with how the association handled the situation, most notably considering the information he provided to be unreliable. He took to Twitter to voice his frustration, and it clearly backfired.

It didn't help that he used offensive language in the tweet, drawing added attention to it. Cole should have known there would be immediate backlash before he sent the message. If he didn't, he certainly understands the FA is serious now.

The incident is just the latest example of the perils of social media. While it's terrific for bringing players closer to their fans than would have otherwise been possible, it's also an unfiltered look into the minds of people at any time of day.

Often, as Cole found out, it's best to keep some things to yourself. Even though he was unhappy with the FA, going off on Twitter wasn't the best course of action. With nearly half a million followers, anything he tweets makes it around the globe in a heartbeat.

He did later apologize, but by that point, it was too late. The damage was already done, and now he has to open his checkbook to pay for it.

It should be a lesson to stars in every sport. Think before you tweet, or be prepared to accept the consequences that may come with it.