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LONDON — Chelsea defender Ashley Cole was charged by the Football Association (FA) yesterday over his foul-mouthed Twitter  rant against the governing body.

Cole charged
The England international called the FA a “bunch of t***s” on Friday after being accused of “evolving” his statement supporting teammate John Terry’s defence against the charge he racially-abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in a game last October. Cole removed the tweet within hours of posting it and then apologised unreservedly.

The full-back has been called up by England for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino on Friday and Poland four days later and was set to meet up with the squad yesterday. Cole has until Thursday to respond to the FA charge. — Reuters

Jayawardene quits
COLOMBO — Outgoing Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was named skipper of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) team of the World Twenty20 tournament yesterday, one day after his side were beaten in the final by a rampant West Indies. Jayawardene announced his decision to give up the captaincy after the hosts lost by 36 runs on Sunday, Sri Lanka’s fourth successive defeat in a World Cup final, in front of a disappointed full house at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

TEAM: Chris Gayle (West Indies), Shane Watson (Australia), Virat Kohli (India), Mahela Jayawardena (Sri Lanka — captain), Luke Wright (England), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Marlon Samuels (West Indies), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan), Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka) — Reuters

Three arrested
TSHWANE — Three suspects that have been linked with crowd violence at the VW Dobsonville Stadium a week ago have been arrested by the police.
The third suspect was arrested in Dobsonville mid-day yesterday. The three will appear at the Protea Magistrate Court in Soweto according to the Dobsonville Police spokesperson, Kay Makhubele.

The arrests follow a move by the Premier Soccer League supported by stadium management and Mamelodi Sundowns to lay criminal charges against some individuals who were involved in the crowd violence at the Moroka Swallows vs Mamelodi Sundowns fixture.

Ronaldo in Portugal
MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo’s shoulder injury is not serious and was to join up with the Portugal squad later yesterday, his club Real Madrid said.

Ronaldo hurt his left shoulder attempting an overhead kick in the second half of Sunday’s 2-2 La Liga draw at Barcelona and although he appeared to be in some discomfort he played on until the end of match.

“The Real Madrid forward was examined by club medical staff at his home this morning and a serious injury was ruled out so further tests at a hospital are not necessary,” Real said in a statement on their website

“Real Madrid have already informed the Portuguese football federation of Cristiano Ronaldo’s situation and he can join up with his national team in Obidos.” — Supersport

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