Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand has been charged by the English Football Association (FA) for comments on his twitter account. The charges are in reference to a tweet Ferdinand made referring to Ashley Cole and using the term “choc ice” which has been viewed by some as racist.
Ferdinand responded that racicm charge (a few weeks ago) by tweeting the following
“What I said yesterday is not a racist term. Its a type of slang/term used by many for someone who is being fake. So there.”
The charge by the FA follows the John Terry/Anton Ferdinand case which is still pending. The official statement about the charge is below.
The FA has today charged Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand with improper conduct in relation to comments posted on Twitter.
The allegation is that the player acted in a way which was improper and/or bought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.
Ferdinand has until 4pm on 2 August 2012 to respond to the charge.
Cole’s lawyers released the following statement on the matter.
“Ashley Cole has been made aware of the discussion following comments appearing on Twitter and wishes to make it clear that he and Rio Ferdinand are good friends and Ashley has no intention of making any sort of complaint.
“Ashley appreciates that tweeting is so quick it often results in off-hand and stray comments.”
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