Ferdinand fined for 'racist' tweet

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been fined £45,000 after being found guilty of improper conduct by the FA after retweeting a message that called Chelsea defender Ashley Cole "a choc ice."

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FA statement on Rio Ferdinand's tweet

Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand has been fined £45,000 after an Independent Regulatory Commission found proven a charge of improper conduct in relation to a comment posted on Twitter.

The Commission decided that the comment was improper and brought the game into disrepute. In addition, the Commission found that the breach included a reference to ethnic origin, colour or race.

Ferdinand was fined £45,000 and warned as to his future conduct. The Independent Regulatory Commission has released the written reasons for this case which can be found by clicking here.

Both The FA and Manchester United were served the reasons on Wednesday 15 August 2012 and the deadline for appeal passed at 12noon on Thursday 16 August 2012.

– The Football Association

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FA statement on Ferdinand

The FA have confirmed they have charged Rio Ferdinand over comments he made on Twitter.

The governing body said in a statement:

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

The allegation is that the player acted in a way which was improper and/or bought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.

Ferdinand has until 4pm on 2 August 2012 to respond to the charge.

– FA statement

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