United star Ferdinand denies aiming racist attack at Cole after 'choc ice' tweet
08:10 GMT, 15 July 2012
Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has denied using Twitter to aim a racist taunt at Ashley Cole.
The defender responded to a tweet in which Chelsea star Cole was described as a ‘choc ice’ because of his role in the trial last week in which his club captain, John Terry, had been accused of racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother, QPR defender Anton.
But on Sunday Ferdinand tweeted: '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.'
At odds: Former England team-mates John Terry (left) Rio Ferdinand (centre) and Ashley Cole
Cole appeared as a witness for Terry’s
defence and testified that his team-mate had not used racial language in
his clash with Ferdinand as an insult, but was only repeating back the
words after Ferdinand mistakenly believed he had used them.
The term ‘choc ice’ can be used as a
racially insensitive term to describe black people who are seen to have
betrayed their ethnicity.
Terry was cleared of racially aggravated abuse, a charge he had consistently denied.
The latest row began when a Twitter
user sent Rio Ferdinand a public message which read: ‘Looks like Ashley
Cole’s going to be their choc ice. Then again he’s always been a
sellout. Shame on him.’ Ferdinand appeared to endorse the insult when he
replied: ‘I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic hahahahahahha!!’
However, Ferdinand then appeared to
attempt to defuse the apparent insult by tweeting about ice cream. He
wrote: ‘I’m more a cherry brandy man! Used to go for the twisters too
back in the day! Classics.’
Laughing off: Rio Ferdinand appears to endorse the tweet branding Ashley Cole a 'choc ice' by responding: 'I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic. Hahahahahahhha!!'
But his next tweet again appeared to
make reference to his brother’s court case by adding: ‘Its Sarcasm!’
Terry had claimed at Westminster Magistrates’ Court that he was being
sarcastic rather than racist in his clash with Ferdinand.
Some fans rounded on Rio Ferdinand
and accused him of using racially insulting language. One Twitter user
reported his comments to the Metropolitan Police Twitter account. The
user wrote: ‘Can I make a complaint about this tweet which I find
offensive from Rio Ferdinand. Unbelievable from him.’
Witness: Cole arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday
Ferdinand initially appeared bullish
about the response, writing: ‘And if I want to laugh at something
someone tweets….I will! Hahahahaha! Now stop getting ya knickers in a
twist!’ The tweets were later deleted.
Cole apparently moved to calm the row
when his lawyers said in a statement: ‘Ashley has been made aware of
the discussion following comments appearing on Twitter and wishes to
make it clear that he and Rio Ferdinand are good friends and Ashley has
no intention of making any sort of complaint.
‘Ashley appreciates that tweeting is so quick it often results in off-hand and stray comments.’
Cleared: Terry was found not guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand
Terry was prosecuted over remarks he
was alleged to have made during his clash with Anton Ferdinand in a
Premier League match last October.
The ex-England captain was accused in
court of hurling a volley of racial abuse at Ferdinand after being
taunted over his alleged affair with the girlfriend of his former
Chelsea team-mate, Wayne Bridge.
Terry admitted calling Ferdinand a
‘f****** black c***’ as they traded insults on the pitch. But the
31-year-old claimed he was simply repeating the words after being
falsely accused of saying them.