The English Football Association has voiced their belief that Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand deserves punishment after the 33-year-old allegedly attacked Ashley Cole via Twitter.
Earlier this month, the veteran centre-back posted an update on Twitter in response to an offensive joke one of his followers made. Ferdinand wrote his comment, the FA says, in an effort to illustrate his distaste for Ashley Cole following the Chelsea man’s decision to support John Terry, rather than Anton Ferdinand, in the controversial court case last month.
The post to which Rio replied reads: “Looks like Ashley Cole’s going to be their choc ice. Then again he’s always been a sell out. Shame on him.”
Ferdinand then responded: “I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic! hahahahahahha!!”
After posting his initial comment, the United defender returned to the social networking website to both clarify and defend his statement.
“What I said yesterday is not a racist term. Its a type of slang/term used by many for someone who is being fake. So there.”
However, the Football Association, despite Ferdinand’s defense, maintains its belief that the statement was written with the intent to attack one’s race and background.
”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 August 2 to respond.”
Ferdinand’s guilt has yet to be confirmed, but it seems the FA are determined to convict the player after failing to do so with John Terry last month.