Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand charged by FA over Twitter comments

Guardian

• Charge relates to racial/colour reference in tweet• Defender has until 2 August to respond to chargeThe Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been charged with improper conduct over comments he posted on Twitter, the Football Association has announced."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," the FA said in its statement.Ferdinand has until 4pm on 2 August to respond to the charge.In the aftermath of John Terry's trial this month, when Terry was acquitted of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton, the United defender responded to a tweet that characterised the Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, who was a defence witness in the trial, as a "choc-ice".The term is commonly underst...

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