Football - Premier League

Ferdinand denies improper conduct charge

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has denied a Football Association charge of improper conduct following comments he made on Twitter at the end of the John Terry trial.

 
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In the aftermath of last month's trial, when Terry was acquitted of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Anton, The United defender responded to a Tweet that characterised Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, who was a defence witness, as a "choc-ice".

The term is is commonly understood to mean "black on the outside, white on the inside", and was a reference to Cole's testimony in court, in which he said he never heard Terry make a racist remark to Ferdinand during the match in question at Loftus Road in October.

Ferdinand was charged on Monday and had until 4pm on Thursday to respond to the FA.

A statement issued on the FA's website, www.thefa.com, read: "Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand has today denied an FA charge of improper conduct in relation to comments posted on Twitter.

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

"The player has requested a personal hearing."

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