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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