Rio Ferdinand fined $71,000 over ‘choc ice’ tweet

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been fined $71,000

by the English Football Association after being found guilty of

improper conduct over a Twitter comment about Chelsea rival Ashley


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.