Ashley Cole is facing an unprecedented Twitter fine after being being charged with misconduct by the Football Association over his foul-mouthed attack on them.

The Chelsea and England left-back was bracing himself for the double-whammy of seeing his wages docked by his club and being forced to top up the coffers of the game's governing body, all for dubbing the latter a "bunch of t***ts".

Being fined two weeks' pay by the Blues would reportedly cost Cole around £240,000, with an FA punishment potentially pushing the total over a quarter of a million pounds, which is thought to be the biggest ever in football for a social-media offence.

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