Ferdinand fined over 'Choc-Ice' tweet
Rio Ferdinand has been fined by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute following his “choc-ice” tweet regarding Ashley Cole.
It has just been announced this afternoon that Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand has been fined £45,000 after an Independent Commission set up by the FA found him guilty of improper conduct in relation to a comment posted on Twitter
A statement from the FA read, "The Commission decided that the comment was improper and brought the game into disrepute. In addition, the Commission found that the breach included a reference to ethnic origin, colour or race."
The charge was in relation to Rio replying to a tweeter who had labelled Cole “a choc ice” for acting as character witness for his Chelsea teammate and Captain John Terry in a trial where Terry was accused of abusing Rio's brother Anton.
Ferdinand endorsed the reference to Cole as a "Choc-Ice", a term used to describe someone who is a traitor to their race, or someone who is black on the outside but white on the inside.
Ferdinand tweeted to back to the individual: "I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic. Hahahahahaha!!" The tweet was later deleted and Ferdinand claimed it was slang for someone being "fake".
Rio has been on Twitter this afternoon tweeting about the other big story of the day, Van Persie’s arrival at Man United:
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