Posted August 02, 2012 on AP on Fox
The English Football Association says Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has denied a charge of improper conduct over a Twitter comment he made about Chelsea rival Ashley Cole. The FA says Ferdinand has requested a hearing in the case. Ferdinand's remark followed a racism trial last month in which Cole's teammate John Terry was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Queens Park Rangers defender Anton, during a Premier League match. Cole, who along with the Ferdinands is black, appeared in court as a defense witness. Ferdinand later seemed to endorse a tweet describing Cole as a ''choc ice,'' a slang term perceived as meaning black on the outside and white on the inside. The FA said the comments breached rules by referring ''to ethnic origin and/or color and/or race.''
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