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Rio Ferdinand Charged Over Twitter Comments
Rio Ferdinand has been charged by the Football Association over comments he made at the end of the John Terry trial.
Following Terry's acquittal for allegedly racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton, the Manchester United defender responded to a tweet that characterised Terry's Chelsea teammate Ashley Cole - a defence witness in the trial - as a "choc ice".
The term 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 towards Anton Ferdinand during a match at Loftus Road in October.
An FA statement said: "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 brought 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 Thursday to respond to the charge.
The move extends still further a case which has cast a shadow over the game for more than nine months now.
Last week, Terry was charged with improper conduct by the FA for the comments he made to Anton Ferdinand, a charge he has vowed to contest.
Now, Rio Ferdinand must clear his name or risk a hefty fine or potential suspension ahead of the new Premier League campaign.