Ashley Cole was charged with misconduct by the Football Association on Monday following his foul-mouthed outburst on Twitter.
The Chelsea and England defender called the FA a "bunch of t***s" after the governing body's independent regulatory commission investigating the John Terry racial abuse case cast doubt on his evidence.
A statement on the FA's website said: "Chelsea FC's Ashley Cole has been charged by The FA in relation to a Twitter comment which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute."
Cole has until 4pm on Thursday, October 11 to respond to the charge.
The timing is not ideal given the charge demands a response barely 24 hours before England's World Cup qualifier with San Marino at Wembley.
However, it is not thought there is any threat to Cole's chances of winning his 99th cap beyond the fact coach Roy Hodgson may elect to rest him ahead of the crucial trip to Poland four days later.
Cole reported for duty at the FA's new St George's Park complex in Burt...