Upton Park hero says sorry for Wembley comments.
West Ham United striker Carlton Cole has apologised to Ghana fans for any offence he caused with his jokes on Twitter.
The 27-year-old was fined £20,000 byt the Football Association and warned over his future conduct after accepting an improper conduct charge.
The England international once again used Twitter to make the apology and reveal he wants the fine to go to charity.
“I will be asking to donate the money to a Ghanaian charity of my choice, preferably to a children’s charity,” Cole tweeted
“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.”
Cole’s comments caused uproar amongst African fans as he implied all the Ghanaian fanms watching their country play England were illegal immigrants.
“Immigration has surrounded the Wembley premises! I knew it was a trap! Hahahaha,” he posted.
“The only way to get out safely is to wear an England jersey and paint your face w/ the St. George’s flag!”
The Professional Footballers’ Association responded to Cole’s punishment by urging players to be more ‘vigilant’ when using social media.