Ferdinand defends 'choc ice' tweet
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.''
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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.
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
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!
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!
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!!