Updated: 03/08/2012 06:27 | By pa.press.net

Rio denies FA charge

Rio Ferdinand has requested a personal hearing

Rio Ferdinand has requested a personal hearing

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has denied a Football Association charge of improper conduct following comments he made on Twitter at the end of the John Terry trial.

In the aftermath of last month's trial, when Terry was acquitted of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Anton, The United defender responded to a Tweet that characterised Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, who was a defence witness, as a "choc-ice".

The term is is commonly understood to mean "black on the outside, white on the inside", and was a reference to Cole's testimony in court, in which he said he never heard Terry make a racist remark to Ferdinand during the match in question at Loftus Road in October.

Ferdinand was charged on Monday and had until 4pm on Thursday to respond to the FA.

A statement issued on the FA's website, www.thefa.com, read: "Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand has today denied an FA charge of improper conduct in relation to comments posted on Twitter.

"The allegation is that the player acted in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race. The player has requested a personal hearing."

The FA must now arrange a hearing date knowing, with the new Premier League campaign due to begin on August 18, the matter could easily spill into another season - 10 months after the initial altercation at Loftus Road.

Earlier this week, FA chairman David Bernstein had declared his intention to get tough with any action that brought the game into disrepute, making specific reference to postings on Twitter.

However, at the same Wembley conference, influential Kick it Out anti-racism campaigner Lord Ousley said he was surprised Ferdinand had been charged because he had not instigated the Twitter conversation in the first place.

Earlier this year, the 33-year-old's Manchester United team-mate Federico Macheda was fined £15,000 and warned about his future conduct after posting a homophobic Tweet. And this week, Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong was fined £6,000 for an anti-Semitic Tweet.

02/08/2012 19:17
The 5hit stirring snitch Rio deserves all he gets. He who lives by the sword........ 
02/08/2012 22:44

Can we get some parity here. Either Suarez, Terry and Ferdinand are all guilty of racial impropriety or none of them are. Suarez was found guilty by the FA and I believe, on those grounds alone, so should Terry and Ferdinand. In court, Terry was found not guilty (as opposed to being found innocent, as claimed by many ofhis supporters) but this was purely because he stuck to his story and couldn't be caught out in cross examination, thereby providing a reasonable doubt. The FA will use balance of probabilities, in which case, Terry will be found guilty because he clearly said the words, and Ferdinand can't possibly ( being the anti-racist campaigner that he is) honestly claim to not know what choc ice referred to.


All that being said - much ado about nothing in all cases. If you can call somebody a f***ing c**t, it should make no difference if you refer to their colour as well. All abusive language should be removed from the work place, especially in such a highly televised workplace.

02/08/2012 18:11
FFS. can we get the PC **** out of football and just let players get on with their lives!
02/08/2012 20:14

i'd have a lot of respect for the first player that does something wrong and just says "yeah I said it, just fine me and lets get on with playing football".

They all think we are stupid!

02/08/2012 21:45
This whole issue is becoming tediously boring, with the Ferdinand family rapidly becoming famous for their adverse courtship with the media, rather than their footballing 'talents'....

Oh...and to bring Suarez into the equation is totally futile. As we all know...foreigners are treated totally differently to British subjects.....by the legal profession and the Authorities generally....Eg. that self-confessed terrorist, who is always flaunting the Law, yet we cannot deport him.

Surely, if he was to have an 'accident' in custody...no-one would bat an eyelid........
02/08/2012 19:17
It was a racial comment referring to a persons outside skin colour and his apparent inside colour. It was not made by him, but was condoned by him in writing. It is no use him preaching about racial equality and him being above it all and then condoning it because it suited him. He is as bad as suarez and Terry. Does he think by asking for a personal hearing they will let him off ?
02/08/2012 22:30
another racist, him and evra typical man scum utd
02/08/2012 23:15
it will be interesting to see what punishment is handed out (if any) once old red nose has his rant.

As for turdinhand! its about time he gave up Twitter and football  
02/08/2012 21:00
His Brother should be cahrged as well. He at least admitted making obscene comments to Terry.
02/08/2012 18:31

I didn't know Cole reacted, how so?
02/08/2012 23:33


if ferdinand gets any sort of ban it wont hurt manu as hes well past it as a footballer ,and if he gets a costly fine well he will just ask fergie to pay it ,and he can well afford it if reports are to be believed that hes been lining his pockets with large wads of cash in collusion with the wonderful glazers lol


Perhaps If they spent that time working on technical football skills rather than **** about on twitter we might have a better national team . You can see why Hodgson left Rio at home now he has shown himself up as the pathetic little kid that he is .

02/08/2012 19:29

sticks and stones. people need to get a sense

of humour

03/08/2012 05:49
for gods sake, where is garth crooks when we need him ?
02/08/2012 21:47
think ste99 has lost the plot . ferdinand sounds like a hypocrite thought he was a staunch supporter of kick it out ???
02/08/2012 21:48

ste99 Evra wass, and is a dispicable cad. Unfit to be classed as in the Human Race.

 If he had constantley insulted you, like he did Saurez, in calling his sister a cheap **** and his mother a **** from the gutter, then A. you would have slapped him, and B. Never post such stupidity.

03/08/2012 07:36
So Rio, not only are you a cheat, your a liar too!   Any self respecting man would be hanging his head in shame, something else you are not.
03/08/2012 02:56
Rio and Anton your both a disgrace and proved to be liars- you both should be banned from ever playing football again
02/08/2012 21:50
I mean that grotty little ratbag...Abu Qatada...

Come on...accidents will happen....
02/08/2012 22:07
rio didnt just laugh at the tweet why cant you get that into your thick head he called the comment classic, by doing that he agreed with the tweet guilty as hell racist rio two faced idiot as all utd players are and fans too 
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