Ashley Cole's foul-mouthed attack on the FA is set to cost him £300,000 – and could drive him away from Chelsea.
The England defender has already been fined two weeks’ wages, around £240,000, by his club for calling the FA “a bunch of t***s” on Twitter.
But yesterday he was charged with improper conduct and bringing the game into disrepute by the FA and is set to cop a another £60,000 fine from them.
The sorry affair could also speed up his exit from Stamford Bridge.
Cole, 31, is in the final year of his current deal and Chelsea are unwilling to offer him more than a 12-month extension.
This incident, though, is understood to have hardened the European champions’ resolve to stick to their guns, meaning he won’t get an improved offer.
Incensed Cole went online last week to express his anger after his evidence at John Terry’s racial abuse hearing was called into question by the commission which heard the case.
Although he quickly deleted his message and later apologised through his solicitor, it was too late to stop him landing himself in hot water.
A statement on the FA’s website said: - Chelsea FC’s Ashley Cole has been charged by The FA in relation to a Twitter comment which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.