Updated: 16/07/2012 11:02 | By pa.press.net

Ferdinand defends 'choc ice' tweet

Rio Ferdinand defends Twitter comments as John Terry racism row is reignited

Rio Ferdinand defends Twitter comments as John Terry racism row is reignited

Rio Ferdinand has defended his response to a tweet which referred to Ashley Cole as a "choc ice", insisting it was not a racist term.

Instead, the Manchester United defender said the term was slang for "someone who is being fake".

Ferdinand laughingly reacted on Twitter after one person sent a tweet to him accusing Cole, who was a defence witness in the John Terry racism trial, of being a "choc ice". The term is commonly understood to mean "black on the outside, white on the inside".

The person wrote: "Looks like Ashley Cole's going to be their choc ice. Then again he's always been a sell out. Shame on him." Ferdinand replied: "I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic! hahahahahahha!!''

Users began discussing the comments and reacting to them and Ferdinand wrote: "And if I want to laugh at something someone tweets....I will! Hahahahaha! Now stop getting ya knickers in a twist!''

Ferdinand's initial comment has now been deleted from his Twitter account, but the 33-year-old did speak about the issue on Sunday morning. He tweeted: "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 comments reignited the Terry racism row, a day after the Chelsea defender was cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

It was alleged that Terry had maliciously called Rio's brother Anton - a QPR defender - a "f****** black c***'' during a match on October 23 last year. Cole, 31, had told the trial that Terry, his Stamford Bridge captain and friend, was not racist.

Cole moved to calm the situation down regarding the comments made on Twitter and issued a statement through his lawyers.

It said: "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.''

how come only white people get taken to court for racist comments
15/07/2012 14:23
One rule for one person, another rule for another.

Welcome to modern day Britain where the whites are always in the wrong, and the blacks are untouchable!
15/07/2012 15:21
It is only white people that can be racist, anyone else can say what they want.
16/07/2012 10:35

It refers to a Black skin covering a white body. A decietful term like 'Uncle Tom'.

 I think the real racists are showing their colours.

15/07/2012 19:26
what a joke.... if someone called me a white **** , A - first of all I'm white so what ? .... & B a **** thats debatable ? remember folks in this country you can only be racist if your white? now thats the biggest joke!
15/07/2012 14:50
How comes Ferdinand can say that?  If it was a white person you are guilty of being a racist. There are people that are racist. But this racist term has got out of hand and needs to stop now. How comes he gets away with and if you are a white person you do not. One rule for coloured people and another for others. I am sick of hearing about it. Does not common sense to judge whats going on. Not all this bad feeling.  
15/07/2012 15:48
what a croc rio your racist and thats the end of it..I have many many black friends and they ALL use the term choc ice as a term for  someone black on the outside and wjite n the inside ..stop lying and if you read this the FA take him to task now.
15/07/2012 12:46
Drug test avoiding hyppocrite...Its simply because he was not the England Captain. The man is a spiteful person who appears to have spurred his brother on for "his personal agenda". The authorities must now continue with this absurd "show trial" and have this racist speaking elder ferdinand in court.
15/07/2012 14:32
So are the police and CPS going to now take Rio to court. I certainly hope so.
15/07/2012 11:46
Your an embarrassment to Utd and England! Your an Idiot, you have not got a clue how to conduct yourself you spiteful little child. Retire Now, I don't want you in my Utd team!
I wonder if Garth Crooks urges the FA to act against Rio.His racist comments are easily proved.
16/07/2012 08:49

salford steve


Good points, this CCA character is the epitome of all racial hatred and prejudice in the world today. They like to twist everything to suit their views and demonise white people. I haven't read many comments saying no white people are racists and all black people are. What I have read, and totally agree with, is that racism in this country only works one way. If you are black and claim any form of racial injustice then the CPS, the police and every man and his dog swings into action. If you are white and make a similar claim you are ignored.


If you doubt the truth of that CCA, then ask the white girl who was beaten senseless by four Somali girls only to see them walk away scot free. Would that have happened if it had been four white girls beating a Somali girl CCA?


I don't like resorting to being rude to fellow posters but you are a total moron and as Horace and Steve said, imbeciles like you are the root of all racial hatred, not the solution

16/07/2012 02:03
You know things are grim when the only person emerging from a given situation with any shred of credit is Ashley Cole.
15/07/2012 15:51
Rio Ferdinand, you fcuking hypocrite c*nt
15/07/2012 19:10

I am disgusted at this situation.  So, when a friend of Rio's makes a racist comment, against white people, Rio feels it is perfectly alright to find it funny!  The initial tweet was racist and Rio's response to agree and to find it funny was equally racist!  Racism isn't just about black people being offended.  It is about offence being caused to any person, no matter what colour their skin.


Rio defended himself by saying he thought the comment was funny.  Sorry, but the comment suggested it was wrong of Ashley Cole to defend a white person because he was of a different colour.  It was about giving evidence and telling the truth, and nothing more.  For Rio and his friends to make it about skin colour was racist and he should receive whatever punishment can be thrown at him for doing so!


15/07/2012 17:56

If Ferdinand had called John Terry 'A **** White C**t' would that have been classed as rascist?  And would there have been an enquiry?  Just wondering so I know when to speak and when not to as I am finding it harder and harder to be able to talk without offending SOMEONE!


16/07/2012 10:46

Who is he trying to fool....what a racist...one rule for white people...another if you are black??

Someone needs to make a complaint saying they were offended by his comments and he should be charged....just like Terry!!

15/07/2012 14:46
15/07/2012 18:23
Simple answer here.  If Terry had simply said that any comments he made were not racist then it it would not have counted.   Oooops just realised Terry is white so it definitely does.  Lets see some equality here.  Bet if Terry (or any other white player) posted the same tweet, the FA would have the knives out already.
15/07/2012 17:51
I've had a comment, on this article removed, probably flagged, after I used a similar phrase to the one Rio laughed at, shows that its not acceptable to make jokes on the subject, there are a lot of comedians, all white, who can't touch the subject, and a lot of comedians, all black who make their living off of it, interesting that.
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