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FA chairman says Cole free to play for England

Updated: October 9, 2012, 12:05 PM ET
Associated Press

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, England -- Ashley Cole will escape a playing ban from England in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers despite insulting the Football Association in a Twitter post.

The Chelsea left back apologized in person to FA chairman David Bernstein on Monday for reacting angrily after a commission set up by the governing body questioned the evidence Cole gave in defending John Terry in a racism case.

"He expressed a degree of remorse for what he had done, wished it hadn't happened," ...

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