Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has once more courted controversy on Twitter by seemingly lashing out at former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer.

The England left-back caused a stir on the social network site on Friday by sensationally hitting out at the FA, who had questioned his testimony during John Terry’ trial for racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand.

Cole branded English football’s governing body a ‘bunch of t***s” after they said his evidence had ‘evolved’ across the trial to suit Terry’s case in a 63-page document detailing the FA Commission’s decision to ban Terry for four games and fine him over £200,000 last week.

Now the 31-year-old, who faces disciplinary action from both club and country over the incident yet could still line up for England against San Marino this week, has risked further punishment by retweeting a message about Shearer, now a TV pundit, who suggested he shouldn’t be allowed to play for the Three Lions this week.

Cole posted: “Alan Shearer says @TheRealAC3 needs to be banned for his comments. I want his opinion on bans for kicking Neil Lennon in the head. #GlassHouses.”

However Shearer refused to retort to Cole’s taunts by insisting he had no intention of responding to the message.

He told the Sun: “I gave my opinion and I stand by it. He can say what he wants but I’m not getting involved in that.”

The message Cole retweeted alluded to an incident involving Shearer and Neil Lennon, now Celtic manager but then playing for Leicester, in which the striker seemingly caught his opponent in the face with his boot after the pair came together in a challenge in 1998. Cole meanwhile, is set to report for England duty today, and could win his 100th international cap if he features against San Marino and Poland next week.

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