Police investigating racist tweet against Cole

Derbyshire Police have opened an investigation into alleged

racist comments against Chelsea defender Ashley Cole on Twitter,

four days after club teammate John Terry was cleared of racial

abuse.

Cole, who defended Terry in court from charges made by Queens

Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand, was reportedly referred to as

a ”Choc Ice” by a Twitter user.

The term is believed to be mean black on the outside, white on

the inside.

Ferdinand’s older brother, Rio, who plays for Manchester United,

responded to the tweet on Saturday with: ”I hear you fella! Choc

ice is classic hahahahahaha!!”

Many Twitter users immediately expressed concern about what

Ferdinand was implying about Cole, prompting Ferdinand to tweet

later that day: ”And if I want to laugh at something someone

tweets….I will! Hahahahaha! Now stop getting ya knickers in a

twist!”.

Cole tried to defuse the situation on Sunday by releasing a

statement through his lawyers, saying he ”has no intention of

making a complaint.”

”Ashley Cole has been made aware of the discussion following

comments appearing on Twitter and wishes to make it clear that he

and Rio Ferdinand are good friends … and Ashley appreciates that

tweeting is so quick it often results in off-hand and stray

comments.”

Ferdinand took to Twitter again on Sunday to explain himself,

saying: ”What I said yesterday is not a racist term. It’s a type

of slang/term used by many for someone who is being fake. So

there.”

Derbyshire Police said the initial tweet that was responded to

by Ferdinand is under investigation because of complaints from

members of the public.

England Football Association chairman David Bernstein is due to

appear before the British Parliament on Tuesday to talk about

football governance. But with racism the dominating topic in

English football lately, he could be forced to elaborate on further

measures the FA could take to eradicate racism from the game.