The FA has charged Carlton Cole with improper conduct over comments he made on Twitter about Ghana fans.
West Ham striker in hot water over Twitter post during Ghana game
The Football Association has charged Carlton Cole with improper conduct over comments he made on Twitter during England's friendly against Ghana.
The West Ham striker, who was not involved in the match at Wembley on 29th March, posted remarks referring to the large number of Ghana fans present at the stadium.
He later deleted the comments and claimed they were a joke, but has now been hit with an FA charge after the matter was looked into.
Cole had tweeted: "Immigration has surrounded the Wembley premises! I knew it was a trap! Hahahaha.
"The only way to get out safely is to wear an England jersey and paint your face w/ the St. George's flag!"
The FA confirmed its ruling in a statement, leaving Cole until 4pm next Wednesday to respond to the charge.
The statement read: "The FA has charged West Ham United's Carlton Cole with improper conduct relating to media comments.
"The charge relates to comments made on Twitter during the England v Ghana fixture on Tuesday 29 March 2011."
Lord Herman Ouseley, head of Kick It Out, football's equality and inclusion campaign, said apparently harmless comments could cause offence.
Ouseley said: "We continually urge the responsible use of mediums such as
Twitter, particularly due to their increasing accessibility and popularity.
"What can seem like harmless comments can be deemed offensive by others and lead to unwittingly reinforcing negative stereotyping, including racist ones.
"We will work with all our partners to ensure that education on what is and isn't unacceptable behaviour, is ongoing."