Carlton Cole: West Ham striker charged after social media post

Carlton Cole
Carlton Cole has failed to score in seven England appearances

West Ham striker Carlton Cole has been charged by the Football Association for a comment he posted on social media.

The 31-year-old directed an expletive-laden response towards a Tottenham fan following a 2-2 Premier League draw between the sides on 22 February.

An FA statementexternal-link said: "It is alleged that the comment was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brings the game into disrepute."

Former England forward Cole has until 18:00 GMT on 5 March to respond.

Cole has made 17 appearances for the Hammers this season and scored three goals.

He was fined £20,000 by the Football Association for comments he made on Twitter during England's friendly with Ghana in April 2011.

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