Twitter’s Carlton Cole Hefty £20,000 Fine: Apology & Donation

At the end of March we brought you news that West Ham and England striker Carlton Cole had landed himself in hot water, after taking to Twitter and leaving inappropriate comments about Ghana football fans.

Although at the time, the 27-year old player had said that the comments left on social networking site Twitter were purely innocent and nothing meant by them, it certainly left a mixed reaction from many people, with some saying that the comments were racist. Afterwards Cole as www.rte.ie reported, apologised for any offence he may have caused, but consequently the Football Association (FA) have now given him a fine of £20,000.

After accepting a charge of improper conduct, the striker took to the site this morning and informed the world that he wanted to use the £20,000 and donate it to a children’s charity in Ghana. He tweeted, “I will be asking to donate the money to a Ghanian (sic) charity of my choice, preferably to a children’s charity. Hopefully the money will be going to a good cause. Sorry if I have offended anyone but there was no malice & harm meant. I never knew a light hearted joke would cause so much offence.”

What are your thoughts? Is it a situation that has completely blown out of all proportion or should big names be careful what they post on networking sites?