LONDON // The West Ham striker Carlton Cole has acknowledged a charge of improper conduct from the Football Association over comments he made on Twitter during England's friendly against Ghana last month.
Cole joked that the match at Wembley was a trap by the British government to find illegal immigrants. He deleted the comment, but was still charged.
The FA says it has granted Cole a personal hearing at his request, adding that it will take place before April 21.
Several thousand Ghana fans attended their country's first match against England, which ended 1-1.
Tevez may be out for a month
The 27-year-old Argentine international injured his hamstring in the 3-0 defeat at Liverpool on Monday and, after initial hopes he could make a quick recovery, is now likely to be sidelined for much of the Premier League run-in.
"Tevez is not available for Saturday. I think he will recover in three or four weeks. It is a big problem but we cannot take any risks," Mancini told a news briefing.
"We have six games left and hopefully we can get Carlos back for the last two or three games."