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Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand denies FA charge of misconduct

August 02, 2012|By Dan Loumena
  • Rio Ferdinand takes a photo of his Manchester United teammates arriving in China for an exhibition game in Shanghai.
Rio Ferdinand takes a photo of his Manchester United teammates arriving… (Eugene Hoshiko / Associated…)

Rio Ferdinand, a defensive standout for Manchester United of the English Premier League, is denying a charge of improper conduct concerning a tweet he made in the aftermath of a trial that focused on his brother being the target of a racism.

Ferdinand appeared to endorse a Twitter post that referred to Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, who like the Ferdinand brothers is black, as a "choc ice," a slang term for a person who is black on the outside and white on the inside.

The tweet was in reference to Cole testifying as a defense witness for teammate John Terry, who was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton, a defender for the EPL's Queens Park Rangers.

The governing body of the league, the English Football Assn., says Ferdinand has requested a hearing in the case.

After a person tweeted the slang term, Ferdinand posted on Twitter: "I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic hahahahahaha!!"

Ferdinand says it is not a racist term, but rather "a type of slang/term used by many for someone who is being fake."

The FA says the tweet violates EPL rules by referring to another person by "ethnic origin and/or color and/or race."

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