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Ferdinand criticised over response to Ashley Cole being called a 'choc ice'

Chelsea and England player Ashley Cole Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Rio Ferdinand has reignited the racism row in football after Ashley Cole was attacked on Twitter and called a 'choc ice' and the Manchester United defender appeared to endorse the comment.

The person wrote: "Looks like Ashley Cole's going to be their choc ice.

"Then again he's always been a sell out. Shame on him."

Ferdinand replied: "I hear you fella! "Choc ice is classic! hahahahahahha!!"

It has since been deleted.

The jibe comes a day after Chelsea skipper John Terry was found not guilty of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton.

Terry's teammate Cole was a defence witness.

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