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Ferdinand denies racism claim

2012-08-02 20:21

London - Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Thursday denied an English Football Association charge of improper conduct over a Twitter comment he made about Chelsea rival Ashley Cole.

The FA said in a statement that Ferdinand has requested a personal hearing in the case.

Ferdinand's remark followed a racism trial last month in which Cole's team-mate John Terry was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Queens Park Rangers defender Anton, during a Premier League match last October.

Cole, who along with the Ferdinands is black, appeared in court as a defence witness. Ferdinand later seemed to endorse a tweet describing Cole as a "choc ice," a slang term perceived as meaning black on the outside and white on the inside.

Ferdinand tweeted: "I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic hahahahahaha!!"

Ferdinand later tweeted that it was "not a racist term. It's a type of slang/term used by many for someone who is being fake."

Cole said he didn't plan to complain.

The FA said the allegation facing Ferdinand 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 color and/or race."

AP

Comments
  • chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-02 20:40

    hoho haha comme un singe...

  • shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-02 21:08

    Expected this denial from this "coconut", this is not a racist comment just a slang term.

      mathews.mona - 2012-08-03 15:54

      Blackman a "Coconut" jou morone, but still yr right is a racist comment. Somehow it means if yr black don't take side of whites nor metter how right or wrong they're. if u do yr "choc ice".

  • vaugz - 2012-08-04 08:47

    you all got sticks stuck up your arse? gosh that's not racist why must everything be seen as racial????? it was funny at the time and its still funny now, how about you all lighten up and not take everything so bloody serious gosh.

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