West Ham striker Carlton Cole has accepted a Football Association charge for making abusive comments towards a Tottenham fan on Twitter. The 31-year-old reacted to a comment on social media after a 2-2 draw between the sides on 22 February, where he went off injured having been subbed on. An FA independent commission will now meet to decide his sanction. In April 2011, he was fined £20,000 by the FA for comments he made on Twitter during England’s friendly with Ghana. On that occasion, he wrote: “Immigration has surrounded the Wembley premises! I knew it was a trap!” before deleting the comments. “The only way to get out safely is to wear an England jersey and paint your face w/ the St George’s flag!” He later apologised for the comments, describing them as a “light-hearted joke”. Cole has made 17 appearances for the Hammers this season and scored three goals.
The thing is they get charged all the time yet they wont learnt. I wonder o. Sorry o brother Cole (has a Nigerian father and a Sierra Leonean mother). His full names are Carlton Michael George Cole Okorie. His dad is from Omoku in Rivers state but he played for England at youth and senior levels.
The Football Association is pleased to announce that Martin Glenn has been appointed as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer. Glenn, 54, is a veteran of industry and has built up a reputation for making well-loved British brands more dynamic, competitive and international in their reach. He will join The FA on 18 May, leaving his current role as CEO at United Biscuits, a £1bn company which is home to the McVitie’s and Jacobs brands and with a rapidly growing international division. Glenn, a Wolverhampton Wanderers FC supporter, said: “I am incredibly proud to have been chosen to play my part in shaping the future direction of The FA. There are few more important and interesting places to work than Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park and I am very much looking forward to meeting the staff and leading them into an exciting new period. “I have coached football at grassroots level, have sat on the Board of a Premier League football club and have spent my time on the terraces at Molineux where I have a season ticket. I hope this informs my work at The FA as we look to inspire everyone to be involved in what is the nation’s most watched and played team sport. “I very much hope my personal experience of operating in highly competitive global markets will help The FA in its own drive to promote greater success for our all of our national teams in international tournaments.” FA Chairman Greg Dyke added: “On behalf of The FA Board I am delighted with the appointment of Martin Glenn as Chief Executive Officer of The Football Association. He brings with him a wealth of experience as a CEO to what is an extremely important role in English football, and he will play a key part in helping us shape and deliver our new strategic priorities for the years ahead. “I know, as a football fan, he will take great pride in the job and he will be an asset to The FA and will lead the organisation through a significant period of change. “Martin came through a highly competitive process, and we are delighted that he has chosen to join us. He is a natural leader and I look forward to working with him.”
FIFA’s new independent ethics chief says “nobody will interfere” with his task of keeping corruption out of football’s world governing body, BBC reports. Swiss attorney Cornel Borbely has succeeded Michael Garcia, who quit in protest in December. Garcia was unhappy at how FIFA officials handled his investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Borbely said: “I don’t take any orders at all from FIFA – none whatsoever.” He added: “I alone decide whether to open, conduct and conclude an investigation and on its result.” The 36-year-old – who was Garcia’s deputy – told Reuters: “I am completely independent of any FIFA officials. Otherwise I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, do this job. Nobody interferes – neither the FIFA executive committee nor anybody else.” Borbely headed an economic crimes investigation unit in Zurich for three years and has worked as a prosecutor for a military tribunal. He said anyone coming forward with information about alleged FIFA corruption could do so in confidence, with any tips “carefully evaluated”. And the Swiss added: “I also have my eyes and ears open and if I see something that calls for it, of course I open a preliminary investigation.” FIFA has suffered a series of damaging allegations in recent years, including claims of corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. US lawyer Garcia was called in to investigate those allegations and a 42-page summary of his findings said there had been no wrongdoing. However, Garcia questioned that summary and complained to FIFA about its “erroneous” representation of his work. But FIFA dismissed his appeal, prompting his resignation. FIFA has since agreed to release a redacted version of Garcia’s full 430-page report.