Rio Ferdinand fined $71,000 over ‘choc ice’ tweet
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been fined 45,000
pounds ($71,000) by the English Football Association after being
found guilty of improper conduct over a Twitter comment about
Chelsea rival Ashley Cole.
An independent commission found Friday that Ferdinand was guilty
of referencing ethic origin and race when he re-tweeted a user’s
comment that referred to Cole as a ”choc ice,” a slang term
perceived as meaning black on the outside and white on the
Ferdinand argued the term instead means someone who is being
The comments, posted on July 14, came after Cole gave evidence
in court defending Chelsea teammate John Terry who was on trial for
allegedly racially abusing Ferdinand’s younger brother, Anton, in a
match last year. Terry was found not guilty.