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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 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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