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Rio Ferdinand fined $70,000 over "choc ice" tweet

  • Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been fined $70,000 by the Football Association (FA) for improper conduct over comments he made on Twitter in relation to the John Terry racism trial.

    Chelsea skipper Terry was found not guilty last month of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, Rio's brother, during a Premier League game on October 23 last year. He is now contesting an FA charge over the same incident.

    During the trial, Ferdinand endorsed a tweet by another Twitter user, which described Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, who gave evidence on behalf of Terry, as a "choc ice".

    The term is understood to mean someone who is black on the outside but white on the inside.

    The FA imposed the fine as it found Ferdinand's support for the tweet brought the game into disrepute.

    "Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand has been fined £45,000 ($70,000) after an independent regulatory commission found proven a charge of improper conduct in relation to a comment posted on Twitter," an FA statement read.

    "The commission decided that the comment was improper and brought the game into disrepute. In addition, the commission found that the breach included a reference to ethnic origin, color or race."