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Racism charge for Ferdinand

2012-07-30 17:43

London - Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand has been charged by the English Football Association in relation to comments made on Twitter in the wake of the recent John Terry racism trial.

Following the trial, in which Chelsea and England defender Terry was acquitted of racially abusing Ferdinand's younger brother Anton, Rio responded to a Tweet that described Chelsea defender and defence witness Ashley Cole as a "choc-ice".

The term is commonly understood to mean "black on the outside, white on the inside".

It was a reference to Cole's testimony in court, in which he said he never heard Terry make a racist remark to Anton Ferdinand during the match in question, between Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea, at Loftus Road last October.

"The FA has today charged Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand with improper conduct in relation to comments posted on Twitter," said an FA statement.

"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."

Terry was found not guilty earlier this month after a five-day trial at Westminster Magistrates Court but the FA has since charged Terry in relation to the same case.

AFP

Comments
  • chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-30 17:51

    Bunch of Coconuts they are...

      keith.staniford - 2012-07-30 20:16

      Golliwogs!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-30 21:17

      CHAVS...

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-31 02:47

      Let me just explain the word CHAV/s... It is a word which get assign to a person if he/she cause a lot of trouble/disturbance in the UK. They get label as Chav/s and get listed at the police and get random visits every now and then to see if they behave themselves... CHAV= Council House Affirmative Vermin...

  • betsy.dorris - 2012-07-30 18:18

    These are grown up children. How can we take anything they do seriously. If they get kicked on the thigh they roll around holding their faces, writhing in pain as if they have been dismembered and salt poured on the remaining stump, then if they see the ref is not interested, they miraculously recover and all is forgotten. If it wasn't for soccer they would just be common thugs. Get over it fella's!

      jason.vanderspuy.5 - 2012-07-30 18:43

      Not that this has anything to do with the article. But now that you mention it, I notice lately that this "ref conning" has infiltrated rugby as well. Whenever the tackle is remotely high or legs lifted off the ground, the player stays down like he's shot, or wriggles around to milk the penalty. Looks pathetic, but will probably be an accepted part of the game soon, just like soccer

  • shooshyu.tu - 2012-07-30 18:32

    Good news, about time this prick got some of his medicine.

      keith.staniford - 2012-07-30 20:25

      Couldn't agree more Shoosh, what few people seem to have grasped is that Anton Ferdinand took John Terry's position as captain of England when Terry was dropped from the England squad for his affair with another players wife. When he was bought back he also took back the Captaincy of England thus dislodging Anton Ferdinand as Captain. Hmm! what a coincident that another member of the Ferdinand family should bring a charge of racial discrimination against Terry ... or was it? Anton Ferdinand is a Tw*t of the first degree and I hope that his sour grapes gets him what he deserves.

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-07-30 21:19

      @keith - thanks for the support, minor correction to your comment. It was RIO Ferdinand, the elder brother who was appointed England captain after both of the J Terry incidents, his infidelity & also the trumped up racism charge by the younger upstart Ferdinand Anton. Rio was also a protagonist in the Suarez/Evra racism issue when ManU played 'Pool, this prat also refused to shake hands with Suarez although Suarez was then portrayed as the villain for refusing to shake hands with Evra. Hope that makes sense.

      sean.howlett.71 - 2012-07-31 09:18

      Shoos - 100% right , Rio knew he would gain !! At the end the d@@s shot himself in the foot , he wasn`t even called up for England after they suffered some injuries during the Euro. What goes around comes around !

  • Dakey - 2012-07-30 18:33

    Typical FA and typical Brit. Captain of their football team cannot POSSIBLY be guilty of racism, no that is reserved only for 'The Boers'! Of course calling someone a **** black **** ... not enough. Instead they give Suarez a 7 match ban and find Terry not guilty! Now they're actually pressing charges against Ferdinand? Hypocrisy.

      samkelo.s.sithole - 2012-07-30 18:57

      i take it you didn't read the article eh. Terry was found not guilty by the court of law and the EFA has since charged him. get your facts straight before you comment.

      jason.vanderspuy.5 - 2012-07-30 19:12

      The FA did charge Terry a few days ago. They apparently had to wait until after the verdict of the criminal case against him re the racist remarks. He was found not guilty due to lack of evidence - obv had a very good lawyer. But I'm sure the FA will penalise him, same as Suarez. Great thing this campaign against racism in English football. Just a pity the rest of Europe is not following suit with all the neo nazi hooligan types around

      pierre.flyadvertising - 2012-07-30 19:46

      Correct

      keith.staniford - 2012-07-30 20:27

      Dakeyras, you just don't get it do you!

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-07-30 19:07

    racism only a african problem shame on you uk

      keith.staniford - 2012-07-30 20:28

      Nie, nie, nie, isn't that a racist remark for a start.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-30 21:38

      yes it is, he used the word Africa... which is very racist...

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-07-30 19:29

    Ferdinand should go jump, its Blue Everything!

  • marcdefl - 2012-07-30 19:54

    Most premier league footballers are trash regardless of race - Terry, Suarez, Ferdinand, Rooney, Barton the list goes on. No one cares what they have to say or tweet. More quality reporting and more inspiration is needed - not quotes from brainless morons earning an obscene amount of money.

      jason.vanderspuy.5 - 2012-07-30 20:53

      Agree, I don't care what they say either. Problem is millions of football fans are inspired by them and do care what they say. So they should be held accountable by their employers for what they say online and on the pitch. Anyway the fact that they're young, generally lack life experience and education, and often let the fame and money go to their head, doesn't make them brainless morons

      millionwatts1 - 2012-07-30 22:02

      I think their behaviour would be better if Soccer followed the American system where almost everyone who plays comes from some sort of University or College unless they are talented beyond belief like Lebron and 3 or 4 others who came straight from high school. They would at least know their Ps and Qs.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-30 21:56

    I wonder what his white wife thinks?

  • sean.howlett.71 - 2012-07-31 09:09

    Good , hope that arrogant d@@s gets punished !

  • shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-01 18:16

    wonder if it's the Man U fans giving the thumbs down, that is your right & perogative but why are you afraid to post a rational comment in defence of this over-rated racist idiot ?

  • mandy.j.francis - 2012-08-02 15:09

    Now this is interesting.I saw john terry on utube, but no charge from the fa. Comment on twitter Rio charged.

  • vaugz - 2012-08-04 08:11

    Ok so firstly Rio did not make any racist comment. all he did was laugh at a comment that was made by someone else. Terry on the other hand actually made a racial comment so its a no brainer that the FA would charge him for that. any way at the end of the day both these guys are going to walk away with nothing but a slap on there wrist.

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