Cole Tells FA Chief He's 'Really Sorry' for Outburst ; David Bernstein Receives Personal Apology over Twitter Attack but Says Chelsea Star Will Not Captain England. by James Olley OOTBALL ASSOCIATION Very High Level of Behaviour and Soon [Edition 3]
Olley, James, The Evening Standard (London, England)
FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION chairman David Bernstein today revealed Ashley Cole has personally apologised over his Twitter outburst but insisted the Chelsea defender will not captain England on his 100th international appearance.
Roy Hodgson is expected to name Cole in his starting line-up for Friday's World Cup qualifier against San Marino after the FA indicated they would not block his involvement despite charging the 31-year-old with improper conduct.
Cole labelled the governing body a "#BUNCHOFTWATS" after an Independent Regulatory Commission cast doubt over the accuracy of his evidence in support of John Terry on a charge of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.
The left-back is not expected to appeal -- although he has until 4pm on Thursday to do so -- and all parties were keen to draw a line under the affair ahead of today's official opening of the new National Football Centre at St George's Park in Burton.
Should Cole play against San Marino, he could then earn his 100th cap in Warsaw next Tuesday when England face Poland and Hodgson admitted prior to learning of the charge that he could make the Chelsea player skipper on his landmark outing.
But although the FA insist Hodgson is free to select Cole, Bernstein admitted that despite his remorse it would not be feasible to make him captain.
"He apologised immediately on Friday and he came to see me last night and apologised to me personally," Bernstein said. "He showed real contrition.
He said he was really sorry. He is free to play for England over the coming matches. It is up to the manager to decide whether he plays or not."
Asked specifically about Cole taking the armband, Bernstein replied: "To be absolutely honest I doubt it. We've expressed a view on what we need with regard to a captain and I doubt it but we'll see.
"We've had issues and we've stated publicly many times that we have a …
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