English Premiership

Ferdinand denies racism claim

2012-08-02 20:21
Rio Ferdinand (File)

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."

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